The fear of failure is something that holds people back from living their dreams. But what if we lived in a world where we not only pushed past our fear of failure, but we embraced it as a way of learning and developing ourselves? On the Bond Appetit podcast, I recently spoke to Dan Martel. Dan is someone who has lived his life and built his empire as a direct result of learning, growing and embracing his past failures. Now that Dan is a father, he’s instilling in his kids the belief that failure is not only okay, but that it’s a necessary part of life.
Embracing your failures is no easy task, and there is a huge resistance in most people to look inside themselves and be honest about what they failed at. But by implementing a few simple methods, you can embrace your failures and face them head on. And that’s exactly what I’m discussing in this article.
Write Everything Down
There’s a common belief that writing down your hopes and dreams allows you to better realise what you need to do to achieve them. This works just as well for your failures. When you take the time to document what you failed at, not only does it remove any fear about the mistakes that you made, you can easily see what it is that you need to do next time to succeed. Keeping track of the path you’ve taken to get where you want is always going to be made up of forward, backward and sideways steps. Documenting them will allow you to track your development on your journey in a more well-rounded way.
Change Your Thinking
It’s one thing to say that you’ve failed at something, it’s another to realise that you’re one step closer to achieving what you set out to in the first place. When Thomas Edison invented the light globe, he finally landed on a successful design after many experiments. When asked about his failures, Edison said ‘I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.’ When you change your way of thinking, you can become more efficient in achieving your goals. If you think about your failures as learning experiences, then the path to success is simply one big learning curve.
The true mark of whether someone is successful or not is the way they pursue their intended destinations. When you allow yourself to be overwhelmed by failures, instead of shaped and encouraged by them, you will end up in the worst place you could be – nowhere. If humans were naturally inclined to give up when they failed, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve the incredible things that we have. The only thing stopping you from reaching your dreams is your inability to embrace your own failures. Move beyond them and closer to your goals.
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Author: Ronsley Vaz
Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.
He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.