The truth about failure and how you need to look at it.

310282065_dc4ea2bfce_zBeing scared of failure holds a lot of us back.  I have let the fear of failure paralyze me for most of my life.  The scariest truth of all about failure is that your success depends on it.

When faced with the difficult truth that you have hit a wall of failure, what you do next will decide your fate.  You could lay down and be beaten.  Give up and live out your days thinking about how things could have been.  These are examples of letting your failure get the best of you.

The truth about failure…

You must re-frame how you look at failure.  Rather than it being a loss, think of it as a lesson.  A lesson in how not to do what you were trying to accomplish.  Edison found 10,000 ways how NOT to make a light bulb.  In the end however, those lessons brought him to one of the most important inventions known to man.

It’s not practical to think that you are going to hit it out of the park on your first appearance at the plate.  If you want to speed up success then you must fail, and you must fail often.  The key is to get back up and try again using the knew found knowledge that you have just gained.  It’s called failing forward.

I have found this to be true in my experience of learning different skilled trades.  I could read all of the books in the world about furniture and how to upholster.  No amount of reading could teach me the lessons that I learn by jumping in and making mistakes.

Cutting the fabric wrong and running short on a $500 a yard fabric will teach you to measure twice and cut once.  Avoiding a failure all together does not teach us the same lasting lesson as actually making a mistake.

It’s time to let go of that fear of failure.  Trust yourself enough to know that you will figure things out when you hit a bump in the road.  Pivot your direction a little bit and move on.  You’ve got this!

What great things have you let the fear of failure hold you back from going after?


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