Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. ~Morihei Ueshiba

This is one of the areas where I excel.  I fail regularly.  Fortunately for me and everyone like me, there can be significant benefits.

First, failure means action.  You cannot fail if you don’t try.  You cannot succeed either.   So, by risking failure, you are one step closer to your goal.  And, in most cases you are also ahead of most of your colleagues.

Second, if you take time to investigate why you failed you can learn a great deal.  We often learn more when we fail, because we take the time to review our performance.  We often don’t put the same effort into reviewing our successes.  Why should we?  We succeeded.

So stop looking at failure as a bad thing.  Look at it as a step forward.  If you aren’t failing, perhaps things are too easy.  In that case, its time to aim higher.

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