Recently this little quote appeared on the Jack’s Winning Words blog – “Failure is temporary. Move quickly beyond it.” (Unknown) Jack went on to write: No one’s a success 100% of the time. We are made better by our failures. The Bible tells the story of Job, a man who had all kinds of bad luck. His friends told him to curse God and die. Job responded, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” And, in the end, God rewarded that trust.
Failures are a part of life and a key to learning and the building of knowledge and eventually the accumulation of wisdom. Some people experience fewer failures than others, sometimes because they are too afraid of failure to even try. Others may work extra hard at planning to avoid failures, thus limiting themselves to the number of things that they try. Still others go through life blissfully failing at almost everything they try, yet learning nothing from those experiences. Failures happen – move quickly beyond it
The advice in the post title and in today’s quote from Jack’s blog go hand-in-hand. If you aren’t experiencing failures, you probably aren’t trying hard enough or often enough and if you are failing, then learn from those experiences and move on. Don’t dwell to long on them and don’t beat yourself up for the failure. Live and learn is another little tidbit of advice that we often hear growing up. Perhaps it should be modified to read Live, fail and learn. That is not to say that you should plan to fail, just that failures happen – move quickly beyond it.
There is a famous quote about failure by Thomas Edison – “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Life is like that a lot. You find ways that just don’t work. Maybe it is an approach towards someone that you’d like to befriend or to have a date with, and you get rejected. You just found a way that won’t work. That doesn’t mean that you can never be friends or that you will never get that date. Learn from that failure and move quickly beyond it.
Sometimes in life you come to real dead ends, places where there is nothing else to try or no place to advance. Not every situation in life has a solution or alternative approach that results in a positive outcome. The important thing in those cases is to recognize the futility of continuing on your current path and deciding to choose a different path, a different goal or perhaps a different job or life pursuit. As important as dealing with failures is dealing with dead ends and learning to move quickly beyond it.
Perhaps we all can learn something from Job and reinforce our belief and trust in God’s plan for us each time we fail. I have had many real estate clients over the years who found “the perfect house”, only to lose it to another buyer. Some were devastated by the failure of their offer, but others were able to say “it was not meant to be” and to move quickly beyond it.
So, keep in mind today and every day that you will experience failures; you should try to view each one as a learning experiences and move quickly beyond it.
Have a great. Try lots of things. Learn lots of things. Maybe, even have a few successes along the way.