The world celebrates success more than failure and we all can understand that. We all want to succeed. But that does not mean ignoring the existence of failure. Not just existence, I mean ignoring the fact of how important failures are.
If we raise kids without them knowing what failure is… without them knowing how they can stand up when they fall… it will be an incomplete parenting… They need to know that it takes countless throws before they can get the ball in the basket…
While we acknowledge that kids need to know about failure, as adults we forget how important they are for us, irrespective of what age we are. I agree we have to have calculated risks.. but being totally risk averse can limit us from exploring our potential. Always striving to be failure proof in itself is a dead end.
I get it if people don’t want to celebrate failure… but acknowledging its existence is way more important today than any time before. We will not see any success in any field if we do not learn and experience various levels of failure. It is like that shadow of success… you cannot escape it.
Not really… You can escape failure… you just have to stop trying and never ever practice to get better. Then and only then can you avoid failure.. And when you avoid failure.. you also avoid success… just like the shadow analogy.
And for people who are successful they need to tell the stories of their failure. Today’s post was inspired by a quote by Michael Jordan.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”