The Ability to Not Fear Failure

Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true.

—John Keats, English poet

We all fail at things—all the time. It is natural and expected. It is the way we learn. You could not walk the first time you tried. Or talk. Or type. Or ride a bike. Or play that video game. And so on. When we were very young, we simply got up, dusted ourselves off, and tried again and again until we mastered our goal. But something happened to some of us as we "matured." We began to fear failing and therefore shunned opportunities that we believed increased our chances for failing.

What a shame. You see, life is full of paradoxes. The person who is no stranger to failure is often the person who is most likely to succeed. Every failure offers a lesson and from every lesson comes strength. If you learn from each failure, you get a little stronger. And after a while, you can even amaze yourself at the progress you have made.

Of course, all this is made more possible if you don't fear failure. Fear can perpetuate failure and encourages you to "quit." Think of those around you who fear failure. Most likely they are not leaders, are content with complacency, and seek so-called safety by maintaining the status quo wherever they may be. They literally withdraw from many of life's opportunities.

Now look at those whose failures seem to be visible, yet from each fall they rise to prepare for the next challenge. If failure means growth and opportunity, then it should never be feared. The only real failures are the experiences we don't learn from. The most successful leaders have learned to view failures as the positive force they are, that is, as the necessary steps in enabling us to grow and to achieve those things that are important to us.

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