How to turn your failures into success – You Win Some You learn some
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” -Johnny Cash
There have been a few cases that I’ve heard others say, “Failure isn’t an option”. Although it is great motivation, its not realistic. Although, society doesn’t reward defeat.People make mistakes, and people do fail. When you first learn a new skill, you aren’t going to pick it up right away. Your trainer is probably going to tell you to make all of the mistakes now, so you can learn from them. Take that thought, and set it in to real life terms.
Mistakes only allow more progress to show clearly. There have been multiple times in my past that I made a mistake that I believed would lead to massive repercussions, and I avoided making that same mistake again. After you fall, you get back up. If you learn what your strengths and weaknesses are early in the game, whos to stop you from there? You already know what to need to improve on, and if you see a hurdle in the future, you know how to handle it.
For example, the ever so popular example of Thomas Edison, whose most memorable invention was the light bulb, took him 1,000 tries before he was successful. “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” a reporter asked. “I didn’t fail 1,000 times,” Edison responded. “The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”[i]
Unlike Edison, many of us avoid the idea or possibility of failure. We are so focused on not failing that we don’t aim for success, which could in term lead to settling for a life of mediocrity. Ironically enough however, when we do fail, we tend to gloss it over and stick the highlighted portions on to something we create to be a “Resume”.
“The quickest road to success is to possess an attitude toward failure of ‘no fear,’ ” says Ralph Heath. “To do their work well, to be successful and to keep their companies competitive, leaders and workers on the front lines need to stick their necks out a mile every day. They have to deliver risky, edgy, breakthrough ideas, plans, presentations, advice, technology, products, leadership, bills and more. And they have to deliver all this fearlessly—without any fear whatsoever of failure, rejection or punishment.”
Mistakes and failures can be treated just like hard no’s and people who are acting as bulls when you’re out in the field. Constantly coming back at you with objection after objection, does not make you think that this is possible. Eventually after so much negativity, you would start to feel down on yourself. That is when you use this moment to use it as momentum. You use those failures as tip to on how to be better next time. It only makes you a team member with a stronger student mentality and work ethic, and combined, those two things can make anyone within our business relentless. “Keep moving forward or die.”