Remember the time you failed miserably at something? Or you didn't get the job – or promotion you so desperately wanted?
At the time you felt as if it was the worst thing that ever happened to you.
Many times when you look back at those failures however, you’ve come to realize what you thought was almost the end of your world was, in fact, the best thing that could’ve happened to you.
How You Handle Failure
As Malcolm Forbes said: “Failure is success if we learn from it.”
How you handle your failures will determine how these failures chart your future course.
Will you allow your failures to shipwreck you? Or will you use your failures to chart a new and improved course?
Thomas Edison’s Light Bulb Failures
It is often said that Thomas Edison failed 1000 times before successfully inventing the prototype of the light bulb.
When a reporter asked Edison how it felt to fail 1,000 times, Edison replied: “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention of 1,000 steps.”
If we allow failure to define us – it will surely destroy us.
But if you embrace your failure and look at it as an opportunity to learn from it – you will grow and prosper from it.
We often learn very little from our successes.
Failure however is often our greatest teacher.
Embrace failure as a necessary step towards your future success.
If you allow it, failure will act as a laser that is focused on the areas in your work and life that need improvement.
Do not be afraid to fail - as it is success’ predecessor!
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