“Do not aim for ‘success’ in life…it cannot be pursued, it must ensue and it can only do so as an unintended side effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself…success will follow precisely because you forgot to think about it” -Frankl
There are almost as many thoughts on failure and how to cope as there are actual failures… here are but a few:
– Fail fast
– If you don’t fail, you haven’t tried hard enough
– It is not your mistakes that hurt you, but your response to those mistakes
– You can fail just as suredly at what you hate, so strive for that which you love
– Learn from your mistakes and never make the same mistake twice
Some people have such a fear of failure that they would rather not try at all… the fear of ridicule can be stronger even than the desire for success. After all, if you put in maximum effort and still fail, is it not worse than not trying in the first place? I guess I would put that to Edison who said, “I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.
Get better with each failure… wisdom is learning from failure. Learn from the past, but don’t live in it… focus on what empowers you. Try, fail, learn, repeatàGLORY!!!
Do not set out to fail… go for it, but protect yourself to the downside. I think Napoleon Hill’s formula is a solid one: the starting point of all achievement is desire. If you can combine this with an idea, a bit of specialized knowledge, unbreakable will, and constant persistence, you will win.
Now get out there and start failing a little more!
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t…you are right” -Henry Ford