"Failure is not failure if you learn from your mistakes” – Steve Jobs All of the most successful people on the planet, regardless of age, ethnicity, background, nationality, culture, privilege – have one thing in common. They failed. Yet they still won! Winning and growth is not possible without failure Let’s take a look!
Failure and Growth – they are linked!
Making mistakes at work can be scary. It makes you feel vulnerable when you’d prefer to feel secure and confident. You have your pride to protect, and your social status to worry about.
Primary school children have no problem asking a stupid question with their whole class watching. They are interested in learning, and haven’t started protecting their social standing.
Middle school students are notorious for being afraid to ask the wrong question, or look ignorant in front of their classmates. They are often focused on improving their social standing, less on their own personal growth. Kids can be silly like that.
In university, many of us grew out of our fear of looking stupid, because we had things we needed to learn. It was appropriate to ask questions when needed, because we were all there for the same purpose.
Failure is expected throughout life, but having the ability to learn from failure is considered a key path to growth. Learning from failure leads to humility, adaptation, and resiliency; unfortunately, most people are taught to fear failure from a young age which can be extremely counter productive in the real world.
> Let’s hear from Rocky
It’s not about how hard you get hit!
Sometimes, film and media can articulate things better than any content writer. So here is a quote from the movie Rocky Balboa!!
"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows.
It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
You, me, and nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.
But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take, and keep moving forward.
That's how winning's done!!
Now if you know what your worth - go out and get what your worth - but you've got to be willing to take the hits and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her or anybody.
Cowards do that, and that ain't you!! You're better than that!"
Rocky Balboa - Rocky Balboa
But I failed recently and it didn’t feel like growth!
If you failed at something in 2022! Congratulations. Well done for putting yourself out there. The key like Rocky says is to keep moving forward. If you aren’t sure what the benefits are in that failure, get in touch for a chat and we will help you look at it from a different perspective and how it aligns perfectly with your growth plan.
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