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“Failure is inevitable. Failure is never final—unless you believe you don’t have a choice. It’s part of life. The question is, how do you handle it and not let it derail you? Thomas Edison found 1,000 ways not to make a lightbulb. Michael Jordan missed more baskets than he scored. Steve Jobs was fired by the company that brought him back to create his (and their) well-earned success.
Mostly, we haven’t learned how to handle failure. Failure is when things, people and situations don’t work out to our expectations. It’s why the divorce rate, employee turnover, business closures (in 2014, they were greater than the number of business start-ups) and financial bankruptcies have hit all-time highs. Instead of learning from our mistakes, creating systems that work and looking inward, we blame others or the situation while moving forward hoping failure won’t happen again. We fear others will think less of us if they know about our mistakes. We do our best to hide our failures, hoping they won’t resurrect their ugly heads in the future and expose us.”
We all make failure mean too much! How do we transform it into greater success?
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