Winning isn’t the result of never failing, it’s the result of failing more often than the rest. The key, is in learning how to fail forward.
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Introduction: Failures are only ever as detrimental as you make them.
The path towards your ultimate success is always going to be checkered with failures. If there are no failures then there simply aren’t enough attempts—or at least not enough of the right kinds of attempts. Winning isn’t the result of never failing, it’s the result of failing more often than the rest. The key, is in learning how to fail forward.
Failing forward is about seeing failures as opportunities for massive growth rather than events of massive decline.
This principle, of course, is easier said than done. Failures are painful and can be incredibly hard to rebound from. Continue reading
“There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done. In fact, it is a curse to have everything go right on your first attempt. You will fail to question the element of luck, making you think that you have the golden touch. When you do inevitably fail, it will confuse and demoralize you past the point of learning. You have everything to gain.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery
“I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World