Is Failure The Best Way To Learn?
Many people go through life scared to make a mistake or get something wrong. This is totally natural – we don’t want to mess up or make an error, because that might show we’re inferior or weak, somehow. Failing can be unpleasant, and can have a detrimental impact on our confidence and self-esteem.
But what if we told you that failure could actually be one of the best ways to learn, grow and develop? Take a look at this quote from actor, director, musician, producer and stand-up comedian, Chris Hardwick:
“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person.”
We also love this quote from Harry Potter author, J.K.Rowling:
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success.”
Now can you see how important failure is on the grand trajectory of your life? Let’s examine why failure is so vital:
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“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
Failing builds resilience
When we fail, we’re taught to get back up, dust ourselves off and try harder next time. This means that failure builds a sense of resilience – an attitude that ensures you never give up on your dreams or your goals. After all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
Failure teaches lessons
When we fail, we’re given a valuable opportunity to go back over what just happened and pinpoint exactly what went wrong. These are among the most important learning opportunities we’ll get in life. If failing means that you never make a particular mistake ever again, because you’ve learned your lesson, surely that means the failure was worth it.
Failure happens to everyone
There’s not a successful human being on earth who hasn’t experienced some sort of failure in their life. Walt Disney was originally fired as an editor because he supposedly had ‘no original ideas’. Steven Spielberg was rejected by a top film school multiple times. Elvis Presley was told he couldn’t join a vocal quartet because he ‘couldn’t sing’. J.K.Rowling was a single mother living on state welfare when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. It’s important to remember that everyone experiences failure – but it’s how you learn from the failure. That’s what will dictate your future.
Failure teaches you about yourself
When you’re in a tough spot, you never know how you’re going to react. When you’ve failed, or when the prospect of failure is looming, you might totally surprise yourself with your reactions. Failure teaches you things about yourself that you’d never have known otherwise!
Failure is never permanent
The most important thing to remember about failure is that it doesn’t last forever – especially if you’re one of those resilient people who can pick themselves up, recover and continue to move forwards. Sure, you might feel low at the time, whether you failed to get a job you wanted or failed to meet a big deadline – but the feeling will pass and you’ll move on to bigger and better things. We always do!
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
So now we know why failure is so important. Get out there and don’t be afraid to fail! Don’t ever shy away from an exciting opportunity because of the potential of failure. It might lead to one of the most important lessons you ever learn.
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