Our Friend Failure

PEP.NET Educational Moment (11/01/12): Our Friend Failure

‘Failures are steps in the ladder of success.’ — James Allen

Definition (Merriam-Webster Online):

  • omission of occurrence or performance; specifically : a failing to perform a duty or expected action <failure to pay the rent on time>
  • a state of inability to perform a normal function <kidney failure>
  • lack of success
  •  a falling short : deficiency <a crop failure>


Who Experiences Failure?

  • We may think that failure is uniquely our own…  It is not.
  • Look to your left…  Look to your right…  Chances are that person failed.  Everyone fails.
  • Turn this notion on its head and that means highly successful people fail too.

Famous People & Their Failures:

  • Albert Einstein = Couldn’t speak before four and failed his first college entrance exam
  • Clint Eastwood = Told he couldn’t be an actor because his Adams apple is too big.
  • Van Gogh = Sold only painting for $50 in his life to his sister; painted over 800
  • Beethoven = Told he had no talent whatsoever as a composer
  • Columbus = Thought he discovered the East Indies

How Do We Perceive Failure?

  • Most people are terrified of it and avoid it at all costs.
  • This leads us to avoid taking chances.
  • In fact, as we grow older we try fewer things and give up more easily

THE BIG IDEA = I believe that success is totally dependent on your own mindset.  When you begin to switch from perceiving failure as a negative to a positive…  To think like a successful person about failure…  You will become capable of confronting it over and over.

How Do Successful People Perceive Failure:

  • Failure Is A Temporary Defeat
  • Learn Lessons From Your Failure
  • Failure Brings You Closer To Success
  • You Only Fail When You Give Up


What To Do When You Fail?

  • Identify Traits, Characteristics, Skill Sets, etc. That You Can Improve
  • What Is The Seed Of Benefit Hidden In Your Failure?
  • Examine What You Could Have Done Better & Try Again

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