You fail, I fail, we all fail . . . and it can be FABULOUS! Yeah, you probably think I’m crazy, but I’m crazy like a fox.
The next time you fail, and you will – because we all fail, EMBRACE it. Embrace it so when you fail, you fail forward.
Fail forward means you get back up and then examine what you did RIGHT and what you did WRONG. It also means you ask a friend to share their perspective of what you did well and what you can improve upon. This feedback propels you forward.
The great thinkers throughout history, like Augustine, Darwin and Freud, to the business mavericks and sports legends of today, take on failure as a powerful tool for success. You can do what they do: operate INSIDE your strength zone but OUTSIDE of your comfort zone.
You will join great companies like General Electric and Virgin Atlantic, who understand that great success depends on great risk, and failure is simply a common byproduct. They don’t mourn their mistakes – they parlay them into future gains.
Besides, between irony and Murphy’s Law, success always seems to occurs in private, while failure happens in full view of millions of people. So make it work for you . . . the next time you fail, I dare you . . . to fail forward.