More Reasons Why Failure Can Be
Healthier Than Success
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Failure Provides Education
As kids, we generally go to school
during the years 5 to 15. Most of us go onto complete
High Schooling and many continue with tertiary education
at college. Education provides knowledge. We are
expanding our capabilities based on what we are learning.
As we learn, we try out new ways based on our newfound
It is this very trying out of new ways that acts as a
measurement of our abilities. If we succeed then well and
good - you know what works. It is how you view failure
that can make the difference. If you fall short, your
failure is merely a measurement of your abilities.
Examine where you are lacking and go about strengthening
There is always at least one valuable lesson in failure.
It's a very big educator and provides instruction that no
theory can replace. This is why many of today's
wealthiest people experienced a handful of bankruptcies
before they got it right. If you don't try, you'll never
pick up the mandatory experience that failure provides
before you succeed.
Failure Tests Your Dedication/Commitment
By now, I would hope that your goal list is more than a
piece of paper with a few pipe dreams written over it.
Your goals need to be your focus. They are important.
They are a part of what makes you tick. Goals create
futures with meaning and purpose. Pipe dreams will leave
you deflated and empty. Put your goal list in your
wallet, next to your computer - anywhere that you will
see the list! Ensure that your goals are for your eyes
only as it's your future not someone else's.
(Detailed information regarding the creation of your
personal Goal List is given in "Making Your Success
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It is your drive, your dedication that will give you the
strength to make your dreams reality. This is so
important that after you have attempted something and
come up short - what do you do. Do you perceive yourself
as a failure and crawl back into your shell with no plan
to re-emerge? The other option is to carry the first
point a little further and use failure as a point of
You erred. So what? You know where you are now. Leverage
the knowledge you have to try again. If you don't,
failure will be long term and will prove that you weren't
dedicated to achieving your all-important goals. Your
goals are very important and your commitment to them will
be more than evident in how you view failure.
Failure Creates More
Why does failure happen? Were we silly? Were we
ignorant? Did we set our goal too high? Were we
ill-prepared? Whatever the reason, we need to look at
"why" in great detail. We can then make another
attempt and increase our chances with our newfound
Like many things, if we are in control, we stand a better
chance of success. The best way to stay in control of any
situation is to have written strategies to support your
In reality, your goal list is a general plan. It may
comprise short-term and long-term or even life-time
goals. On your way to realizing these goals, you will
make some decisions that don't work. It is prudent, based
on the lessons of failure, to plan comprehensively. This
allows you to put your best foot forward with more
certainty as you have calculated the odds deep into your
advantage by having written the script.
Failure Once Understood Can Be Mastered
Baby Boomers were raised on the understanding that
failure is bad and to be avoided at all costs. Sure,
failure can hurt - especially when you believe you have
done the work to make for a positive result.
In contrast, failure should almost be welcomed. Failure
and Success are both results. To achieve either is to
show that you are following your conviction with vigor.
Action speaks louder than words. It is your action that
will create opportunities. It is less dependent on the
short-term results. You will fail to start with. You have
to. You don't know enough to succeed overnight.
So many people go looking for the "one size fits
all" secret or some mystical non-existent formula
that will make all the difference. This is not the way to
do it. You need to see failure for its true value. As has
been discussed in this report, failure educates - you
become more knowledgeable. This leads to more
comprehensive planning. When this still may not be enough
- it measures your resolve. It checks your commitment.
Failure can be equaled to an audit report on someone's
business. It tells you where you are heading and reflects
areas requiring attention. Imagine if a businessperson
received their financial year end audit report and saw
the results weren't quite as good as was forecast. Does
this failure warrant giving up or is it simply advisory
showing where attention is needed?
Giving up is when long-term failure is guaranteed.
Leverage failure for it's true value. We have all had our
share of failures. It's how we react to them that will
make or break us. Stick to your goals and ensure failure
serves you well.
Take authors for example. An
unknown writer approaches an agency with a new book. Will
the author be accepted by the first to read it? Most
likely not. This doesn't mean they give up. Imagine if
the author of Harry Potter had done this. No one would
have been able to experience the true magic of her work
had she given up.
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