Succeeding at Failing

Have you ever had someone encourage you to fail?

For some reason in our society, we celebrate success and shun failure when often it was the failure that leads to the success!

Failure is considered bad. A weakness. Something to avoid when it really should be something we encourage and embrace.

Without failure, you don’t try. Without failure, you don’t see possibilities.

Thomas Edison, one of our greatest inventors, once said:

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

Too many times, the fear of failure paralyzes us into doing nothing.

We listen to the doubters. We give in to the dream-assassins (with all due respect to my friend Dick Hodgin.) We play the bad “what if?” game.

Life is full of surprises and unplanned events. I don’t believe in coincidence or fate. I believe in God. I believe he is powerful and in-charge. I also believe God allows us to make decisions and take chances. Call it free will.

Sometimes those choices work. Sometimes they don’t. But failing isn’t bad. It’s not a game-ender. It can be a course-corrector.

Remember this: failing does not make you a failure.

My suggestion is to embrace failure and learn from it.

Don’t give into the fear.

If you try and fail, you fail. But at least, you tried.

And you never know what greatness may be waiting on the other side of that failure.

A single light bulb glowing among broken bulbs on a black background.


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