Failure has such a negative connotation, especially in today’s competitive world. But failure truly is a cornerstone for success. It is the catalyst for breakthroughs and truly a sign that you are challenging yourself to step out of norms and into new possibilities. I love this quote by Charles Kettering, “An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.” Think of every bump, misstep, or mistake as a practice shot that gets you one step closer to realizing your potential. What are your goals for the month ahead? Plot a few different routes to hit those goals and use what you learn along the way as opportunities for growth and lessons learned. Be willing to keep shooting for the goals – you might not get every shot – but you are in the arena and that’s what’s important.
Something To Think About
This week, write down at least five times in your life that you have come back from a misstep stronger and wiser. It’s a good reminder of your resilience!
Reach out to five people this week that have helped you overcome an obstacle or issue in your life and thank them for their mentorship.
Words of Wisdom
Failure is success in progress. – Albert Einstein
One fails forward toward success. – Charles Kettering
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. – Henry Ford
The master has failed more times than the beginner has tried. – Stephen McCranie
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. – Denis Waitley