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Friday, August 8, 2014

Lean Quote: The Truths of Failure

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.— Michael Jordan

Success always starts with the knowledge of what failure would be, because if you haven't defined what failure is, you haven't defined what it isn't, i.e. success.

Ultimately though, we most often learn through trial and error. We reserve the word success for the accomplishment of difficult things and there are few difficult things you get right on the first try.

Hence while success does not ALWAYS start with failure, it would be fair to say it does most of the time. If you aren't failing, you're not trying, and if you aren't trying you aren't succeeding.

Some of the most successful people are those who fail the most. With each failure you grow, you become bigger, you learn new and important things and you get one step closer to reaching your goals.

Big dreams and big goals can only be realized as long as you are ready to fail – again and again. Learn from the most successful people and adopt a similar attitude towards failure.

The happiest and most successful people know that…

#1: Failure is an integral part on the way to success and self realization.
#2: Whenever you step outside the comfort zone and whenever you try something new, failure becomes inevitable.
#3: Each failure brings you one step closer to reaching your goals.
#4: Failure is a great teacher and it allows you to learn some of the most valuable life lessons.
#4: Each failure makes you stronger, bigger and better.
#6: Making mistakes is not a big deal as long as you learn from them and avoid repeating them.
#7: Failure teaches you that a certain approach may not be ideal for a specific situation and that there are better approaches.
#8: Successful people will never laugh at you or judge you when you fail, because they have already been there and they know about the valuable lessons you can learn from failure.
#9: No matter how often you fail, you are not a failure as long as you don’t give up.
#10: Each time you fail, your fear of failure becomes smaller, which allows you to take on even bigger challenges.

Treat every mistake as an opportunity to learn and grow. Don’t feel stupid or doomed forever just because you failed at something. You can always find other opportunities. Failure is an expected part of the process of finding solutions.

Fear of failure is a genuinely scary thing for many people, and often the reason that individuals do not attempt the things they would like to accomplish. But the only true failure is failure to make the attempt. If you don't try, you gain nothing, and life is too short a thing to waste.

The 10 Truths of Failure originate from Robert Spadinger at Pick the Brain.

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