I’m sure that many of you reading this will automatically jump to the conclusion that I’m going to say that each failure’s a “learning experience.” To some extent, they are, but each failure’s much more than that.
Did you know that there’s a firm in California that only invests in your business if you’ve gone bankrupt…twice? I read that in a Psychology Today article about failure, and I have to say that I sincerely hope there’s truth to it! After all, I’m a big advocate of celebrating failures.
When you’ve attempted and failed, you’ve taken a risk. That means you’ve willingly stepped outside of the proverbial comfort zone. You looked over the edge of the cliff and just jumped. That alone says a lot about your willingness and open-mindedness.
It’s not easy to swing for the fences; but without swinging, you’re literally sitting on the bench and just waiting for life to happen for you. It doesn’t work. There’s a process; and you have to trust the process, even when you fail, because the process is working.
When you fail at something, it’s because you tried. When you tried, it means you were brave and daring enough to think past any limitations.
No matter how big the failure or how epic the attempt, the main point to celebrate is that you honestly aspired to something higher, greater, and “more” for you, or your business, or for your family.
Failure, when you’re open-minded about it, and when you’ve looked past limitations in your attempts, takes you closer to success the “next time” around. I know this sounds suspiciously like a learning experience, but that’s not what I’m saying. Instead, what I want you to see from this benefit of failure is it’s often a chance to tell yourself you’re not going big enough, bold enough, hard enough, and so on.
Failure has to be celebrated because it pushes you closer to success. No one in this world who you might look to as a Mentor, a Leader, or an Inspirational figure has gotten to the status where their name’s known by millions, without failing over and over again.
So keep in mind, you’re in great company when something doesn’t go right the first or sixteenth time, because the next attempt could be where you strike gold.
Finally, and this is one of my personal favorites, failures introduce you to important people and connections. People who’ve succeeded and who recognize potential in others want to help. When you let them help you, people will surprise you. And even though you might fail, they’re the ones that encourage you through their support, feedback and more.
It’s 100% okay to ask for help. Stand on the shoulders of the people who’ve gone before you and, in return, you allow the person behind you the same courtesy. We really are all in this together.
There you have it. Four different reasons to celebrate failure and not one of them focused on taking a lesson from the failure.
Don’t allow challenges to prevent you from seeing the realities of the situation. You’re out there, trying, connecting, flopping, and trying again…you’re getting there!