“A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.”Joyce Brothers
Not all failure is fatal.
In fact, the majority of failure is
merely an opportunity to improve. (It doesn’t feel like that when we fail, but it’s true.)
Once you understand failure isn’t fatal, then the next step is to realize failure is just an arbitrary line we create in our minds (and as a culture).
- Failing an exam is final. Or is it recoverable? There’s always a chance to make it up the next exam and/or do the extra credit. Or even retake the class if necessary.
- You are a failure if your business fails. True—but are you a failure if your next business is a massive success?
- A breakup is a failed relationship. But does that mean your next relationship is doomed to fail too? (Not if you learn the lessons from the previous failed one).
Do you see how simple failure can become steps towards new opportunities?
Can we regain what we lost? Can we un-burn the ships we set on fire? No—but we can build new ones from the ashes.
Adding the word “yet” or “right now” or “but what if” to the end of your thoughts and dialogue completely shifts the meaning of what it means to fail.
In my mind, success is continuing after we fail.
Even when that failure sucks.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1383
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