I hope you fail! I really do!
My articles, for a little while anyway, will be centered on mindset and the way we think. So often we see failure as a reason to quit, an ending point for what we may attempt to achieve. We might say to ourselves, “Well, I tried and failed. Time to move onto something which brings me success.” I would argue that failure can drive you toward success, and it can build character along the way.
Take Stephen King for example. I had the pleasure of reading his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. He tells a story of his early writing attempts. He hammered a nail into the wall and began placing each rejection letter from publishers on this nail. At some point the nail was so full of rejection letters that he had to add another one. He finally managed to get published. Can you imagine if Stephen had decided when he received that first rejection letter to quit trying, to give up. So many creepy stories and movies contribute to his success. This is a prime example how failure is not the end of the road even though at times we think it is.
People will say things like, “Failure is not an option!” or “What if I fail?” I would say that the only true failure is when you fail and don’t learn from it, rise above it, or allow it to keep you from trying again.
Another good example is Michael Jordan. According to Newsweek, as a Sophomore in high school, Michael was not able to make the varsity team. Here is what the article from Newsweek states about Michael Jordan.
Jordan—then a 15-year-old sophomore who was only 5’10” and could not yet dunk a basketball…
“It was embarrassing not making the team,” Jordan later said. He went home, locked himself in his room and cried.
Then he picked himself up and turned the cut into motivation. “Whenever I was working out and got tired and ﬁgured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it,” Jordan would explain. “That usually got me going again.”
Both of these men have a similar mindset. Failure motivates, it ignites a desire to achieve what others may say is not achievable. Failure strengthens us, makes us reflect on what we did wrong and what we can do to make it right. I work with students every day who struggle with failure in many ways on a daily basis. The ones that push themselves regardless of setback, try again even though it seems like they will never get it, motivate, inspire, and help others to succeed, these are the ones that bring a smile of pride to my face every day.
Failure is not only an option, it is a given. Use it to better yourself, to humble you, to make you strive for greatness.
Don’t be afraid of it, embrace it! It may be the one thing that pushes you enough to change your life!
You have to want it. You are the only one that can turn your failures into success. Don’t wait for someone else to motivate you or suggest that you keep trying. Do it! You will never regret trying again something you really want to accomplish.
What have been your failures? Which of those after trying again turned into success?
Comment and let us know. Be the one to inspire and uplift those who struggle with failure.