To Fail – Natural Part of Success

To Fail – Natural Part of Success

Thomas Edison – “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won´t work”.

From childhood when exploring the world around us, our development actually consisted of failures from the moment we woke up in the morning until we fell asleep at night. You have never seen a child open his or her mouth and start talking fluently the first time. A lot of tries and failures is the path towards the speaking skills. The same goes for learning to walk, riding a bicycle and so on.

In fact, the whole Life is a Trial and Error Race, we try, we fail, we fail again and suddenly we succeed.

Therefore, we should not reject or hide all with what we fail. Without failing, we will never have progress. What’s important is how we relate to failures. If we are ashamed, we try hard to hide it and promise ourselves never to try again. In the worst case, we go into a kind of blocking mode, where we refuse ever to try again.

The worst thing we can do as a parent is to let our child feel ashamed or guilty when failing. That kind of “punishment” can produce severe blockings in the form of prejudices or even guiltiness, and have an important impact in creativity and other important development skills.

Read any book about well-known and successful entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Albert Einstein to just mention a few. The literature about them is full of examples of when they failed. The most important though is that they talk about their failures with a lot of pride. Not because they are searching for the failure as such but rather they know so well that failures represent a part of the process to develop something.

One of Google’s strategies to promote creativity in a daily basis is actually celebrating failure. This keeps employees motivated to work on innovations. The take failure to their advantage, encouraging them to take risks and pushing away boundaries.

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To Fail Twice = Mistake

To be able to live with failures as an integrated part of our creativity, it all depends on how we relate to it. If we see the failures as normal milestones on our learning curve and learn from each failure, then each time we fail will give us something positive in return. It gives us Knowledge and We Get Wiser.

We repeat the process again, and maybe we fail in something else but we do not repeat twice the same failure, because now we have the necessary knowledge to avoid that particular failure.

If you repeat the same failure, you have not been seeing at the problem the correct way. There is still something you must learn. There is a probably a big Mistake you are not aware of.

In our daily life very often we mix up failures and mistakes as they were the same thing. But Failure and Mistake are completely separated from each other.

As you know, I love to compare entrepreneurship with the world of sports. Probably because of their similarities in many aspects. A talented and dedicated sport man or woman has to repeat and fail hundreds of thousands of times before he or she can show up with the talent in a stadium or on a TV-screen.

The goals made by Lionel Messi in Barcelona practically each time he is playing seem to be a “piece of cake”. I guarantee that these different goal situations have been trained over and over again. I can also promise that Messi has failed a lot, but he is fine with that because he learns, and he knows that it is a natural part of the training process towards the perfect goal kick. It’s the mindset of a professional.

 

Success comes with Failures

If we now have a different view of the importance to fail, the question will, of course, arise: How much failure is normal to have?

First of all, in the world of real entrepreneurs and creative people, nothing is normal in the sense that the process follows a certain premade frame or path. All is driven by an Idea and a Passion and in fact it is more the intensity of the passion that will dictate how many failures we can afford.

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In my blog post five days ago I said:

“On this fantastic journey I know I will sometimes fail. Failing is a natural part of the game.”

“Mistakes are proof that you are trying.”

Nothing can be truer, and I experienced it myself in depth a few days ago:

YouTube is a marketing tool I so far never have used, and I had decided that there should be a change. I got hold of a software that looked cool and quite easy to use. With the enthusiasm on top the work started. I lost the count pretty soon on how many times I failed and had to repeat the tasks.

What kept me motivated was that I learned from each and every failure. I never repeated the same failure twice and I saw a progress.

The decision I had taken to get the video launched on YouTube that particular day and not later, together with the passion I had for the project, kept me going on. At 3.30AM (quite early in the morning or in my case quite late at night), the video was uploaded on YouTube.

Watch it here if you not have viewed it yet.

The video is far away from perfect but my idea and passion together with all teaching failures along the road, pushed me forward to get my message out in the air for all people who is dreaming about

How to Start a Business with No Money.

 

Are you an Entrepreneur or just Stubborn?

Often when we declare somebody to be stubborn, the word “stubborn” has a negative flavor. Either we view this person as not very smart, weird or even crazy.

The child who just is learning how to ride a bike, he falls, he cries, he gets frustrated but he is up again on his bike and at the end of the day when the first 100 meters on the bike is a reality, that child’s happiness and pride is impossible to ignore.

Learning to ride a bike is a good example, because you can’t master a bike by reading a book about the theory. You must experience it yourself! Trial and error is the only path to master a bike.

The “cost” of mastering the bike in the form of multiple failures is driven by the intense passion for achieving really the goal. For people who does not share the same passion it is difficult to understand the “the price” we are willing to pay, and to describe the behavior in some way we often use the word “stubborn”.

Being “stubborn” in someone’s eyes is always a result of an intense passion for something.

When Thomas Edison tried thousands of times with different materials, when inventing the first lightning bulb, was he an Entrepreneur or just Stubborn? For people who shared his idea to find a way to get electrical light controlled in glass bulb, he was an extraordinary entrepreneur. For people who did not share his idea, which I believe was the majority, he was just stubborn.

 

We who fail we are in good company

Albert Einstein: He wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4-years old. His teacher said he would “never amount to much”.

Walt Disney: He got fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas”.

The Beatles: The group was rejected by Decca Recording who said “We don’t like their sound and they have no future in show business”.

Michael Jordan: He was cut from his high school basketball team, went back home, locked in himself in his room and cried.

Oprah Winfrey: She was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she “wasn’t fit for television”.

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