“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.” – Thomas J.Watson
There is a slogan about growing up: Born and raised to fail. Crazy right? People would often respond with, “Why so negative?” The truth is, failure isn’t a negative. You have been given roughly eighty years worth of time in this life and when it’s up, the game is over. It’s time to stop fearing failure and accept it for what it is: A way to grow.
We are all afraid to fail. Since the time we are born, we are always told to try and be successful. Your parents, teachers, mentors, will have shunned the word failure from your vocabulary, and if you are a normal kid, then you have yet to experience proper failure through participation ribbons, equality in the classroom, and “Everyone wins” style of games.
“Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.” – Ingvar Kamprad
How many kids grew up aspiring to be successful, only to ignore that guitar in the corner for the fear of being laughed at because they started guitar lessons? Or maybe a little kid started writing to themselves wishing to be an author, only to hear from their classmates “you will never be an author!” followed by ignorant laughs? Or that kid on the basketball team who wants to be the best basketball player in the world. Yet due to failure, he doesn’t spend the extra time in. We always flaunt the greatest yet refuse to acknowledge the sacrifice to get there.
We learn to fear failure. People have accepted that failure in itself is embarrassing. We have associated failure to being unsuccessful and it’s kind of funny because most people see successful, as having success. They don’t see that failure is pushing beyond your success to be successful. Failure, unlike success, is something that you can drive on. We all idolize people that have reached success. Yet, sometimes we forget to realize that the people before them who failed and quit, are the people that built them the podium they stand on.
So please, go pick up that guitar, go experiment with paint. Do what makes you happy.
“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar