Can failure be good? Let’s take a look. Failure can be one of life’s best teachers. Especially if the lessons learned are used as stepping stones to move forward. The key is to not be so hard on yourself. Do not be someone that holds on to their mistakes like a badge of honor; which stops progress. Nor should you be so ashamed of your failure that it keeps you from moving forward.
Realize that you can adjust your perspective to be positive or negative. Choose to see the good in the situation. It happened, it’s done, how do you move forward from here? Do not fall into a pit of despair or sit in a pool of stagnation, move. Movement will allow you to see things you could not see before.
Did you know that many products were discovered from mistakes? For example an adhesive developed by Dr. Spencer Silver was scraped for 6 years. Its initial design for stronger adhesive failed because it would not stick. Later; Art Fry, a colleague of Dr. Silver, in search of a bookmark for his hymnal remembered the adhesive product. The Post-It was born and the rest is history.
Did you know that Michael Jordan wanted to play varsity his sophomore year in high school? He made the JV roster instead. His disappointment caused him to cry in his room that evening after realizing a close sophomore friend (Leroy Smith) made varsity. What appeared to be a failure; turned into his becoming an icon for the NBA.
So, the job you did not get, the relationship that failed, or the house that was foreclosed is life giving you a chance to fail forward. Smile, be happy and expect success when you round the corner. Keep in mind it took Post-It 6 years to be discovered and Michael Jordan had to grow from an adolescent to adulthood to see his dream come true.
Keep Failing Forward.