Failure is Good for Us (Believe it or not)

Failure is good for us Kelly Taylor

We Want to Succeed

We all want to succeed in our life goals. I am pretty sure that no one sets out to fail. Failure doesn’t feel good, it takes time, it can cost us money, and maybe even some of our pride. Failure isn’t something that people advertise. I guarantee that you won’t see a lot of posts about how someone failed on Instagram.

Failure is good! I will say it again. FAILURE IS GOOD. You don’t believe me? Keep reading and I will show you.

Take Thomas Edison. We all have learned that he invented the lightbulb, but did you know that he failed 1,000 times before he succeeded? When A reported once asked him, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?”, Edison responded:

“I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The lightbulb was an invention with 1,000 steps”.

Most of us do what we can to avoid failure. In fact, we often try so hard to avoid failure that we don’t even try to succeed. If you are afraid to fail AND you don’t believe in yourself, you will fail by way of not trying. Instead, we settle into a comfortable mediocrity. What would happen if Thomas Edison was afraid of failure and he gave up or never even tried to bring his inventions to life?

Failure is our Greatest Teacher

Thomas Edison learned something each time he “failed” while inventing the lightbulb. That’s the thing about failure; we learn from it. Each failure contains lessons. In fact, we learn more from failing than we do from succeeding. I would argue that learning how to bounce back from failure is a key skill to succeeding.

Research studies have found that discussing our failures results in a higher rate of learning. If you talk through your failure with someone, you will inevitably discuss WHY you didn’t achieve your goal, which will lead to problem solving and maybe even the development of new and innovative ideas.

Failure is a Crucial Part of Success

Are you tired of the Thomas Edison story yet? How about J.K. Rowling? She was recently fired from her secretary job prior to writing Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was rejected 12 times before being published. If she didn’t persist after failure, we would never have had the privilege of reading/watching Harry Potter.

Failure can inspire us to to work harder if we let it. Winston Churchill said:

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm”.

If you were instantly successful at everything you tried, life would be boring, uninspiring, and reaching your goal wouldn’t be a big deal. Hopefully I have inspired you to go out there and have the courage to fail. The next time you want to try something new, but are thinking of shying away, remember Thomas Edison, J.K. Rowling, and Winston Churchill and give yourself permission to fail and see what successes come from it.

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