Learning from Failure

Learning from failureHow would you define the word failure? Do you think that it’s when things don’t go right no matter how hard you try?

Maybe not.

A simple definition of failure is: “An act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success.”

I think a better definition of failure is one that comes from Michael Larsen,” Failure is the path of least persistence.”

Lessons from the Colonel

Have you ever eaten Kentucky Fried Chicken? If you have you probably know it was started by Colonel Harlan David Sanders.

Colonel Sanders didn’t start out to be a chicken magnate. He had a nice roadside restaurant that was put out of business in 1967 by the building of a new road.

He was 65 at the time.

After this colossal “failure” he took his secret recipe on the road. He went to over 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he finally found a buyer interested in his now famous 11 herbs and spices.

The rest is history. At the age of 75 Colonel Sanders sold his fried chicken company for a whopping $15 million!

Lessons from the Inventor

Thomas Edison was already famous when he started working on the electric light bulb. While there are many conflicting stories of how many times Edison actually “failed” at inventing the light bulb, without a doubt it was in the thousands before he finally found the right combination of materials.

While still working on the light bulb Edison was asked by a young reporter how it felt to have failed so many times. He reportedly replied, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

Edison knew that one of the biggest secrets to success is to learn from every mis-step. He understood that there is no failure, only feedback.

When you adopt the feedback attitude, you’ll no longer fear failure but embrace it. You’ll be learning from failure. This will allow you to see your dreams and desires come true.

A Basketball Flop

Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player who ever lived. He was cut from his high school team. Of course after a little practice they let him play again.

Listen to what Michael Jordan says about his failures, “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.”

Never Give Up!

Henry Ford once said, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

Dr. Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral once stated, “Failure doesn’t mean you’re a failure; it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.”

When you consider those wise words from these wise and successful people, you’ll truly begin to understand that learning from failure is what makes all successful people.

You only fail when you give up! So, as Winston Churchill once said, “Never, ever give up!” 

When you keep trying until you’ve found the answer or the solution, you’re successful.

You wouldn’t say Colonel Sanders, Michael Jordon, Thomas Edison, Robert Schuller or Henry Ford were failures would you? Of course not!

Yes, they were unsuccessful at times, but what made them successful was they didn’t give up. They kept learning from failure, they practiced, persevered and found the right answer to solve their dilemma.

The next time you try your hand at something and don’t achieve the desired result immediately, remember failure is a chance to learn how to do it better next time.

As F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Never confuse a single defeat with final defeat.”

Keep Learning from Failure

In order to succeed you’ll have to accept some defeats. As George Cukor said, “You can’t have any successes until you can accept failures.”

Just because you’ve failed once, twice or 10,000 times at something, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed as long as you are learning. Failure only happens when you give up.

You Only Fail When You Stop Trying

“You always pass failure on your way to success.”Mickey Rooney

Here’s a record that might have caused anyone to give up…

  • 1832 Entered the military service as a captain, left as a private
  • 1832 Defeated for legislature
  • 1833 Failed in business
  • 1834 Elected to legislature
  • 1835 Sweetheart suddenly dies
  • 1836 Has a nervous breakdown
  • 1838 Defeated for speaker
  • 1843 Defeated for nomination to Congress of the United States
  • 1846 Elected to Congress of the United States
  • 1848 Lost re-nomination for Congress of the United States
  • 1849 Rejected as land officer
  • 1854 Defeated for Senate of the United States
  • 1856 Defeated for nomination for Vice President of the United States
  • 1858 Defeated (again) for Senate of the United States
  • 1860 Elected as President of the United States

Abraham Lincoln had a number of set backs but he never gave up. Even though he had very little formal education,Lincoln taught himself, became a lawyer and eventually the President of the United States.

What does this mean for you? Here’s what you should learn. No matter what you’re trying to succeed at, whether it’s a sport, project, career, invention, or at school, there will be times when you don’t succeed.

But not succeeding at a task doesn’t stop you from reaching your goals, dreams, and desires, only giving up can do that.

What’s common among all these famous people is they didn’t run from failure, in fact they embraced it.

They understood that you can’t have success without failure. Learning from failure can propel you to success.

There is power in learning from failure. The key is to never give up and never stop trying. Give yourself a chance to succeed.

Remember to keep learning from failure and keep trying. This is the only way to discover true success!

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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

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