Failure—the secret to success

There’s no such thing as failure. Ask Winston Churchill, who said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Here are six reasons why you should embrace failure to realize achievement:

1. No risk, no reward. Risk-taking is unavoidable in any quest to grow and innovate, and those who stick their necks out often get them cut off. Is that any reason to give up? Successful people go out on a limb and take risks every day. One risk that pays off after a hundred failures can make it all worthwhile.

2. There is no failure, only feedback. Remove the word failure from your vocabulary and replace it with feedback. Your results are nothing more than clinical data amassed on a field mission. Use the data and statistics to do things differently next time. Learn something from every so-called mistake.

3. Failure promotes sanity. A popular definition of insanity is when you try to achieve different results by doing the same thing over and over. One epic fail will stop this insanity right in its tracks: You WILL find a better way of doing things next time.

4. Failure makes you stronger. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Some of the most winning sports teams in history are just as famous for their losing streaks, which only galvanized them to work harder, learn more and ultimately prevail. Use failure as an impetus to do better and better.

5. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying. Big success doesn’t come to those who play it safe, and you can only rest on your laurels and past achievements for a limited amount of time. It’s important to leave the comfort zone and try something new if you ever want to make it to the next level.

6.  An opportunity to refocus. Often failures occur when we bite off more than we can chew, or overcomplicate the original idea. Failure is an opportunity to regroup, refocus, simplify and return to the original inspiration.

Do you have a failure-to-success story to share? We’d love to hear from you below. 

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