Failure can be our greatest teacher in life. It’s inevitable we’ll have our fair share of failure as we pursue bigger goals in life.
It’s often said if we’ve never failed, it means we’ve never tried anything new or stepped outside of our comfort zone.
If what we do or don’t do is driven by our desire to avoid failing, we will struggle to get to higher levels of achievement.
Winston Churchill said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
Reasons Why We Fail
- Lack of persistence.
- Lack of knowledge.
- Lack of effective plans.
- Lack of self-belief.
- Giving up too soon.
- Not learning from past mistakes or failures.
- Not taking personal responsibility for our results.
- Not taking effective action.
- Not being clear about what we want or where we want to be.
- Not willing to ask for help when we face challenges.
If we want to achieve more success, we have to embrace failure and view it differently.
When I self-published my first book, Hoops and Freedom, I initially viewed it as a failure from a marketing and promotional perspective. While learning the book writing and creation process was a success, not selling as many books as I would have liked was what I considered a failure.
That experience discouraged me from writing another book for a few years. Thankfully during that period, I learned new things about how to promote a book better next time. The publishing and promotion process became easier over that time as well with the explosion of social media platforms and a shift to digital rather than printed books.
With what I had learned over the years, I was able to use to achieve more success with my subsequent books, with three of them becoming #1 best-sellers and my latest book, Ignite Your Leadership, becoming a #1 international best-seller.
Had I not experienced that initial “failure,” I may not have learned how to do things better next time.
5 Reasons Why We Should Fail More So We Can Achieve More Success
- Failure requires you to do something new. Failure implies that an approach we took did not get us the end result we wanted so we need to do things differently if we want to get that result.
- Failure makes you look at areas you need to improve. Sometimes we may not have the knowledge or skills to do something. Rather than seeing it as a reason to stop, we can use it as motivation to become better at doing something.
- Failure builds resiliency. With every experience, we will always learn something. Whenever things don’t go well or we suffer a setback, it makes us stronger and also cause us to grow. We will learn more from our failures than from our successes.
- Failure is the gateway to your potential. Every time we fail, we’re challenged to dig deep and bring out more of what we are capable of to the surface. Failure tests our commitment and our willingness to do what’s required to achieve the outcomes we want.
- Failure is better than regret. It’s better to have tried and failed than to have not tried at all. Why? It’s because if we don’t attempt to do something that’s important to us, we have no chance of achieving it. If we go for it, at least there is a chance we may be successful.
The new mindset to develop is failure is a learning opportunity. It’s a way to learn to do things differently or better next time so we can move forward towards what we want in life.
If we adopt this mindset, we can use an experience we deem to be a failure to motivate us to adjust what we’ve been doing and do things a lot better to achieve the outcomes we want.
Action Step: Reflect on the last event or experience you deemed to be a failure. How can you look at it differently now with this new awareness you have? Spend time and write down the key lessons you learned from it so you can use it to your advantage next time.
Question: What is another reason why failure can lead to more success in the future?