What is failure in today’s sense?: 0:10
What is failure then?: 0:58
Examples of people who ‘failed’ and became legends: 3:08
What do these people have in common?: 8:04
What do you tell people who tell you that you fail?: 8:34
There is a lot of negativity surrounding people who ‘fail’.
People sneer at you, laugh at you, make fun of you for ‘failing’.
Even in school, if you get a question wrong, or screw something up, everyone says you ‘failed’. Maybe can be taken as a joke, but there is some truth in that and the sting associated with ‘you did not succeed’. But are the 2 one and the same?
But what is ‘failing’?
a) Is it trying to do something and not succeeding?
b) Is it working really hard to attain a goal and then hitting the dirt?
I would argue that failure is neither of those. In both options, you at least TRY. Although you may not have succeeded, nothing is preventing you from getting up and trying again!
Society nowadays has defined failure as trying to reach a goal but failing to reach it through your efforts.
If you DO NOTHING at all, then no one can really say you are a failure since you didn’t really do anything and didn’t strive for a goal and missed it.
Aristotle said “to avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing”. I totally agree with that!
But actually, striving for a goal and not even TRYING to reach it is failure; NOT striving for a goal and TRYING to reach it but not succeeding (at first).
Those who ‘fail’ are those who try. Those who never fail are those who never do anything.
So DO SOMETHING. DON’T WAIT ON YOUR GOALS FOR FEAR OF FAILURE. TAKE ACTION, RIGHT NOW.
Let’s look at some examples you probably heard of about people so-called ‘failing’…
Stephen King – author whose book ‘Carrie’ was rejected 30 times. He decided to quit and threw it in the trashcan. His wife found it and made him resubmit it, allowing him to sell over a million copies in the first year and to start his career as a successful writer. A ton of people would say that Stephen King ‘failed’ and got rejected 30 times. Ha-ha, what a loser! Right?
Michael Jordan – he was cut from his high school basketball team due to only being 5’10 and not able to dunk. He was extremely disappointed and upset. He later quotes “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” I probably don’t need to tell you about MJ and his legendary basketball status. But what a failure… Didn’t make the team and missed 26 important shots, wow, you fail MJ! Right?
Thomas Edison – creator of the light bulb. Was nearly deaf and was told by his teachers when he was young that he was too stupid to learn anything for being ‘difficult’ and not able to focus. As an inventor, took him 1,000 ‘failed’ attempts to invent the lightbulb. News reporter asked him ‘how does it feel to fail 1,000 times?’ His reply? ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’ But yet, at the beginning, people would think Mr. Edison has ‘failed’. What a failure I’m reading about in every single history textbook up to date!
That’s all right? No one could possibly have failed right? Wrong. Millions of successful entrepreneurs and figures have failed before succeeding. Read more here: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-highly-successful-people-who-failed-their-way-success.html
All these people HAD to go through ‘failures’ in order to succeed…
They TOOK ACTION and kept trying and persisting.
They learned at a faster rate than anyone else and became a success. Which is why you read about THEM in the books now and not the people who told them ‘they failed’.
What do you say to people who tell you that you fail?
You say thank you!
They are telling you that you are a persistent action-taker who doesn’t quit! That’s a compliment I have yet to hear from anyone so if someone tells you that, give them a hug!
If I ‘fail’, that means I have taken action towards my goal. And what do you do, kind sir/m’am?
You should look FORWARD to failing because you are that much closer to your goal.
Keep learning and changing, learning and changing… THIS is what people call ‘failure’, and THIS is what will make you successful.
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