As a child, you are indoctrinated by the education system to see failure as a bad thing. Children who get too many failing grades, are even threatened with the prospect of getting left back.
This creates fear.
So, we were all taught by our education system to fear failure.
As we become adults, this indoctrination to fear failure, forces many to avoid taking risks.
But I learned from my Rich Habits Study of 177 self-made millionaires, particularly the Dreamer-Entrepreneurs, that failure teaches you important lessons, forces you to find solutions to problems and inspires you to seek alternate paths, in order to overcome obstacles.
In short, failure is actually a good thing because it forces you to grow.
Sure, failure is painful, but the lessons you learn from failure stick. Failure leaves behind emotional scar tissue on the brain. You never forget your failures. And that’s a good thing.
Failure forces you to learn what to do and what not to do – when you fail, you are forced to learn what went wrong and then change what you are doing, until you stop failing. If you refuse to change then, and only then, does failure become permanent.
Here are some things I discovered about failure from my study:
- Failure forces you to change your habits.
- Failure forces you to change your perception of what you thought you knew.
- Failure forces you to change who you associate with by seeking out those who have overcome failure.
- Failure forces you to change your thinking.
- Failure teaches you to value and manage your time better.
- Failure teaches you how to deal with people.
- Failure forces you to manage your time and money better.
- Failure gives birth to insight and creativity.
- Failure makes you wiser.
- Failure increases awareness.
Our teachers were wrong.
The education you get from failure stays with you forever and becomes the foundation upon which you build future success. The more you fail, the more you learn, and the stronger that foundation for success will be.
Do not fear failure. Embrace it. Learn from it.