The flipside of failure

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

It was famed vacuum cleaner designer James Dyson who said, “Enjoy failure and learn from it, you can never learn from success”  who taught me the valuable lesson about the upside of failure.

The African impala has the ability to jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet. Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a three-foot wall. The animals will never jump if they cannot see where their feet will land.

A lot of humans are similar. They are sometimes afraid to take their own leap of faith. They are afraid of risk.

Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM said:  “Failure is a teacher – a harsh one, perhaps, but the best… That’s what I have to do when an idea backfires or a sales program fails. You’ve got to put failure to work for you… you can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because that’s where you will find success. On the far side of failure.”

Embrace failure as a learning part of your life! Think about it carefully, doesn’t it make sense that in order to triple your success ratio, you might have to triple your failure rate.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketer, speaker, trainer, columnist and author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times.     

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