Why failure is as equally important as success
Have you ever noticed how there tends to be some sort of stigma in society tied to failure? We shun or judge those that have openly taken risk and failed, we don’t want to speak up about our own failures, we shove them under the rug, we're ashamed or embarrassed and sometimes we might even let it define who we are in a negative light when really, everyone fails at something at some point in life.
Here’s what I know for sure…. failure is an equally important part of success. And if you talk to any successful person, more than likely they’ll have a nice ol’ list of things that they’ve failed at, that they weren’t so great at or that they didn't get the results that they thought they would.
So why shun our failures when failure is so important to our growth and development?
Failure gives us strength
Failure catapults us, failure gets us where we want to be, and when we shun the things that we've gone through, when we shun the things that we weren't so successful at, we're shunning our strength. We’re shunning the fire we walked through, and the lessons we’ve learned to get to where we are now.
Failure gives us direction.
Failure gives us an opportunity to revise our vision and direction. It’s a compass to our path, purpose and journey in life. When we acknowledge not doing as well as we would have liked or things not going as planned, it’s a opportunity to reassess our actions and take new ones.
Failure is an experience.
Everything in life is an experience. Failure gives us the opportunity to ask what did I learn through that process? Because, more than likely we learned a lot of things that we wouldn't have learned had we not taken the leap, taken that opportunity, put ourselves in that situation. Maybe it is considered a failure because you didn't necessarily reach your goal, but was it really truly a failure if you learned valuable information that helped you make a better decision down the line? Is it a failure if you were able to learn something and move your life forward?
Remember my Friend, failure and mistakes are simply the opportunity to begin again and make more informed decisions.