Tuesday, August 13, 2013

4 Reasons Why It's Good To Fail!

Failing one time doesn't make you an expert at it. You have to keep trying if you want to get really good at failing! You may ask yourself, "why would you want to be good at failing?" Failure allows us to grow, to learn, and to find or create new opportunities. Here are 4 reasons why it is good to fail:

1 EXPERIENCE: Failing builds your experience and with experience, wisdom follows. The more you fail, the more you learn what to do (and what not to do). Wisdom and experience will get you farther in life than education alone. Experience helps us learn and grow as people. Find the lesson in every failure and enjoy the knowledge that comes with it.

One fails forward toward success.  ~Charles F. Kettering

2 PERSEVERANCE: If you keep trying after a failure, then you are learning a valuable lesson in perseverance. It is extremely rare to try something for the first time and be instantly good at it. For example, the first time you try to play piano, you will not sound like Beethoven. However, if you persevere and stick with it, you will eventually become a talented musician and will enjoy the music you are playing. This is a valuable lesson to teach, especially to kids today who expect (and often get) everything instantly.

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

3 FAMOUS FAILURES: You will be in good company. Every millionaire and billionaire has failed;  rather than quit, they let the failure motivate them to keep going until they achieved what they wanted. Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, JK Rowling, Steven Spielberg, Marilyn Monroe, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen King, Henry Ford, Vincent Van Gogh, and so many more are great examples of people who failed first, kept going, and eventually changed the world.

Failure is an event, never a person.  ~William D. Brown

4 COURAGE: Like the people in #3, if you keep going after failure, you clearly have courage! In a society often paralyzed by fear, you will stand out and be noticed if you are courageous. Standing out often brings opportunities.

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.  ~Henry Ford

So, enjoy your failures and know they are stepping stones to greatness. Learn the lessons they teach, join the ranks of the great failures before you, and Live Inspired Now!

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