What keeps people from progressing? Fear. One of the most common fears is failure. The literal definition of failure is “lack of success.” The word gives a negative connotation because it means we are lacking something, specifically, success. But why do we feel so negatively at the thought of failing when failure is actually the key to success?
Success doesn’t happen on the first try. For example, the Wright Brothers didn’t fly the airplane the first try, and Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb in a matter of one attempt. Failure to failure is what creates success. Michael Jordan, arguably one of the best basketball players to exist, said this about his basketball career, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Of course, this makes the definition of success complicated. What is defined as success and how does one achieve it? The best way to find this out is from others who have experienced it for themselves.
JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, is a great example of finding success through failure. She started writing the Harry Potter series broke while attending college full time, recently divorced from an abusive partner and a single mother of 3. She went from depending on government welfare to being one of the richest women alive in a timespan of just 5 years. But first, she had to fail. She said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all . . . I discovered that I had a strong will and more discipline than I had suspected.”
Each time we fail, we’re given the opportunity to get back up and be better than before. This concept is vital in the business world. Arthur Ashe once said, “Success is a journey, not a destination.” When it may seem like all is lost within your business, look at this small or big failure as a step on the journey to success.
3 Simple Steps on how to fail your way to success:
Step 1: Acknowledge the fact that you’re failing.
Similarly to what is taught in addiction recovery programs, the first step is acknowledging. Once that happens and you know you’ve been knocked down, you can pick yourself up. Just as Walt Disney said, “keep moving forward!”
Step 2: Learn from it!
It’s so easy to say you failed and immediately want to give up. Become more optimistic and view this failure as a time to progress and move forward. Ask yourself, “what can I learn from this experience?”
Step 3: Create a habit of consistency.
The greatest athletes of all time didn’t become great after one day of practice. Practice makes perfect! As you find ways to be consistent, your life will improve by developing good habits that will contribute to your pursuit of success.
The purpose of this SHE Sparks Business Strategy is not to say that you are failing, but to share words of inspiration to those who feel like they don’t understand risks in the business world or who are lost and beaten down with many mistakes made.
CHIN UP AND DON’T GIVE UP!