From the Jack’s Winning word blog for today comes this tidbit – “I’m the best failure you’ve ever seen.” (Matt Paxton) Matt, a recovering alcoholic and gambler, a social loser, got an idea while cleaning his grandma’s basement. She didn’t just give him money; she gave him a job. That’s how Clutter Cleaners began. He hires ex-cons (who need a job) to clean out basements, garages, you name it.
Now, obviously you needn’t become a failure to be successful; however, did you ever notice how many really famous and successful people embrace failure as a path to success. Here are some good quotes from some of them:
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. – Dale Carnegie
Perhaps the underlying message is not that you should strive not to fail (that would be an impossible goal anyway), but rather that you should use your failures as a learning experience and find a way to build a positive base for success from them. Hopefully, when you have an “Oh, Crap” moment of failure, you don’t just say “let me try that again”; it’s better to think about a different way to try that again and to keep trying until you get it right.
So, get out there today and start failing your way to success. Just remember to keep your desire to succeed stronger than your fear of failure.