We all know what it’s like to experience failure. I mean we’re humans, it’s kind of hard to avoid. But so many of us struggle with not only failure, but the fear of failure. The education system has taught us from a very young age to fear failure. It’s classic fear culture that is pounded into us. If you fail a test, you get in trouble. If you fail a class you could be held back. If you fail in one subject, you’re labeled as not proficient or “smart” enough. It’s crazy when you look at the traditional school system, it is there to teach us how to never fail for fear of what would happen. But when it comes to business and the real world, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. If’ you’ve ever read John Maxwell, you know he teaches extensively about failing forward.
“Failing forward is the ability to get back up after you’ve been knocked down. learn from your mistake, and move forward in a better direction,” – John Maxwell
So what does this mean for your life and your business: it means you don’t have to be afraid of failure! You should even hope you fail! Yes I just said that, what! Here’s what I mean:
There is no greater teacher than failure. Truly. When you set out to do something and fail, there’s no greater data you could ever have, it’s like gold! When you fail, you learn what worked, what didn’t work, and what you can do differently next time. Failure shapes you. Think of yourself as a lump of coal, each time you fail, it’s like another piece of coal chipping away at you, molding you, shaping you, and help you grow into a more knowledgeable version of yourself. There are so many things we have learned on this entrepreneurial journey that we would have never learned if we had not failed. Failure give you grit and each time you get back up, you tell resistance try me! It gives you a backbone for next time you’re up to bat. Sure you might totally suc the first time but that’s ok, you’ll never learn unless you try.
So I want to challenge you to fail today at something. Embrace it and realize you can learn so much from it. There is no shame in failure because literally everyone has failed at some point. Even the big does like Tom Bilyeu, Bredon Burchard, and even Tony Robbins have failed. The only way you can get better is to be ok with failure. And I promise you’ll learn more from the valleys than the mountain tops!
Comment below what failure you’ve experienced and how you’ve been able to take that as a tool belt and learn from it!