You shouldn’t be afraid to mess up. As a matter of fact failure is the quickest way to know what works so that you can move onto the next thing.
What is failure?
Definition of FAILURE
a fracturing or giving way under stress
a : lack of success
b : a failing in business : bankruptcy
3a : a falling short : deficiency
b : deterioration, decay, one that has failed
So, who determines that failure has occurred?
What happens pychologically when someone fails?
Let’s take a scientist as an example. They come up with a theory, test the theory to see if it’s correct. If the theory fails, this helps them know which way to move next.
If we wouldn’t take failures so personally and allowing it to bruise our ego we would have the courage to move forward with better ideas -moving swiftly ahead.
We look at failures as a set back. However, it’s really allowing you a much clearer direction of what works and what needs better improvement.
What failure has taught me thus far is all the things I don’t want to do.
* I don’t want a cubicle job.
* I don’t like to be sedentary – I need integration I need mental stimulation.
* I enjoy interacting with other people, travel, and learning.
I know all these things because of my previous experiences that have failed.
I realize so much can be learned from failure yet we are fearful of doing so in fear of judgement, embarrassment, being ostracized.
I remember there was a time I was working for a bank. I relied on someone else to count the money.
The customer ended up walking out with $5,000 more. I felt sick to my stomach. I was sure that I would get fired. From this experience I learned to always double count my cash.
I no longer work for the bank (and no I didn’t get fired).
What have you learned from failure?