Thursday, September 07, 2006

No Such Thing As Failure

Do not dwell on your past failures. Everyone has made mistakes or attempted new experiences that did not work out as we had desired. If you spend your energy concentrating on what did not go right, you will lose your chance to remain focused on the tasks at hand.

I once heard author/speaker Jim Rohn say "“there are no failures, just learning opportunities"”. I agree. If you do not attempt to expand your skills, you cannot grow. But trying involves risk, and that means that the outcome is not guaranteed. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained. To have a shot at winning, you must play the game. Therefore, you never lose for trying... otherwise you are living a stale life.

Additionally, sometimes a person just makes a bad decision that has negative consequences. Making a real mistake can be painful and embarrassing. But if you learn from the experience, then it is not all bad. The trick is to not repeat the action and to use it as a foundation upon which you build upon.

Successful people all have their share of failures and mistakes, but they do not let these mis-steps define them.

Examine your life and decide if your past is limiting your future. Failure is not an option if you do not allow it to be. If you believe that there is no such thing as failure then you are guaranteed success!

Have A Great Day.

Thom Singer

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Anonymous said...

An instrucutor used to tell me:

"It's not a mistake to make a mistake but not to learn why you made this mistake."

Larry Bodine said...

I agree Thom. When rainmakers strike out at getting new business, they just keep moving on to the next opportunity. As one lawyer told me, "you can't lose them all." One law firm in Chicago trained their lawyers to keep looking forward to the next business development opportunity, and increased their revenue by $1,000,000. See for details.