The Art of Failure

Have you ever noticed the things you value the most, are the very things that cause the most challenge! The art of failure is not a destination but the journey of consistent learning and discovery.

Success is a learning curve that involves failure!

Have you ever accomplished anything worthwhile in life that only required one attempt to get it right? Have you ever seen a baby go from crawling to walking without ever falling down in the process? Falling down is part of learning to walk because there’s a learning curve.

Consider this…if life was a single, all or nothing event with no learning curve, perhaps we could afford to be that narrow-minded. But that is not the way life works.

My daughter, Cathryn, with whom I work and have come to treasure and respect her insights into the tools I teach my students and clients. One day in Austin, TX during a training session in which I was building the slides for the presentation, Cathryn leans over to me and says, “Mom you might want to reinforce the attitude of what it means to fail.” I asked, “What do you mean?” Her response surprised me, but made me so proud of her. She said, “Fail is simply the; First Attempt In Learning”. In that very moment … what I have shared with others over the many years just then, came a full circle.  That day I learnt something new about failure and I just wanted to share it with you.

Failure means that most successes will be preceded by a series of attempts that didn’t quite produce the results we were hoping for. With that in mind, it seems like the best course of action is to develop a healthy respect for whole learning process, not just the final result.

Words of wisdom:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” -Thomas Edison

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