For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m posting about one of my favorite things: Living the life you were born to live. I’ve been so blessed with a family that constantly encourages me and builds me up and I want to pass that along to y’all! I’ll be traveling a lot during the month, so some of the posts are scheduled ahead of time and answering comments might take some time. I’ll try and keep up though. Thanks for stopping by!
F is for Failure…
Many people view failure as a horrible thing. Do you know what though? A lot of successful people say that if you want to increase your successes, you need to increase your failures. Why? Because the more things you try, the more times you’ll fail, but at the same time, the more things you try, the more times you’ll succeed.
When you stay in your nice little rut of a comfort zone, you’ll probably not fail much because you know just what you need to do. At the same time, you’ll not succeed at anything either. You’ll just exist. And existing isn’t what we were born to do.
Failing is not bad. Failing without learning, or failing and then not getting up and trying again, that’s what’s bad. John Maxwell has a book called Failing Forward. When we fail, if we learn from it and are closer to our goal, then we haven’t really failed after all.
Here’s something my dad has to say about failure:
“Thomas Edison is the role model for perseverance. While working on the nickel/iron storage battery, it’s been said that he performed 10,295 failed experiments before he finally succeeded.
In his mind, Edison never failed…he simply found 10,295 ways that didn’t work.
Each “Failure” brought him 1 step closer to success. Edison knew that perseverance leads to success. Edison once said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. I keep working – and I keep working hard because I believe that I can make a difference in this world. I persevere when others give up. I see failure as a necessary step to success. And this is why I have the Mindset of a Winner.”