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Failing Forward

We’re taught at school there is a right and wrong, a pass or fail; and it shapes our ability to take risks.

But, it’s a crock of shit. The most successful people fail on a very regular basis.

Failure is the way we learn.

Watch a baby learn to walk, and you will watch the perfect example of a (very young) human being using failure to advance in life.

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

The problem is, we become self-aware as we start school. We judge ourselves against other people. We are ‘taught’ right and wrong (if anything is a failure, it’s that). We’re told what a picture of success is – an image that isn’t one-size-fits-all.

“Success is failure in progress.”

The Journey Is The Destination

When you watch a great guitarist, a footballer scoring a fantastic goal, or a self-made entrepreneur selling their business, you’ve not necessarily seen the hours these people have put it to make that happen. You’ve not seen the number of failures that led to the learnings that led to the improvements that led to success.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Perfection is a Fallacy

There is no perfect; it’s only a perception of what perfect should be. Social media is rife with it – a ‘perfect’ staged photo which does nothing but deceives (especially the person posting). The people achieving things in life are putting themselves out there, taking chances, failing and learning.

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

So, take the pressure off yourself about what ‘perfect’ is and know that it doesn’t exist. Learn to lose the embarrassment around self-awareness that will hold you back.

Fail forward.

Failing Forward