10 Nov 2015
No one likes to fail. There isn’t one person reading this that begins something with the intent to fail at it. When someone studies for an exam, then sits for the exam, they don’t whisper under their breath, “oh I hope I fail this”. No, we all intend to succeed. However, when it comes to succeeding, you most likely will have some if not a lot of failures first.
The other day I was sitting in a shareholders meeting of a company that I have been consulting and contracting with for a little over two decades. This company has seen its ups and downs as most companies have. A member posed the following question to the CEO “I notice we start some projects, lots of work is put into them and then they are either shelved or canceled after a brief implementation. Why start the project if we think it will not be implemented or if it fails after it is implemented? Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to focus our time on things we know will succeed and make us money?”
Wow! What a question. The room was silent. The CEO sited that it was true, there had been several projects that were attempted, some were shelved, some did hit the market but then were shut down siting examples. He then went on to share how many projects and implementations were done just this year alone, that were implemented with much success and one of those projects, which he sited the name of, was a huge success, everyone in the room began nodding their head affirming their knowledge of the success of this particular project. This project, the CEO went on to say, was originally denied research and development funding but someone had the courage to push and get it funded, and ultimately implemented to the success that it is today. He went on to state that not everything we try will be a success, but the company as a whole will surly fail if we don’t keep trying new ideas. If we don’t try we won’t succeed. If we try and fail, we must learn from the failure, making it a success in some other form if only to learn from the failure to help ensure it won’t happen again.
Failure is not something we want to do, but it is required learning for life and experience. If you only attempt things that you are one hundred percent sure you will be successful at then you are limiting your potential. Do not be afraid of failure, instead embrace it, learn from it. You will fail much more in life than you will succeed at, and if you don’t, well, that means you just might be playing it too safe.
Step out of your comfort zone, take a chance. Don’t be hap hazard, do proper research, plan, right down the pros and cons talk to people whom you value their opinion. Understand you may fail and that it okay, but don’t plan to fail, plan to succeed.
Now let me be clear, I am not just talking about business or jobs and making more money, although most probably are thinking that is the only thing there is when it comes to success and failure. In addition to making money and success and failure, I am talking about relationships, you may date and marry someone only to have it end in divorce, but you learned from that, you were hurt by it, but that shouldn’t stop you from attempting relationships in the future, if you do you may not be able to use what you learned from the last relationship.
You may be living in an apartment and not want to take a risk on buying a home but you will not only miss out on learning the process of buying the home but the upkeep as well. Home ownership has many failures and success, something breaks, that is a fail, you fix it that is a success. It is all a learning experience.
There are two things I can guarantee, if you don’t try you won’t fail…..you also won’t succeed. So today, look at something that you have wanted to do but have been too scare to do because you don’t want to fail at it. Right down a list of pro’s and con’s of why you should and shouldn’t proceed. Take that list to a good friend, someone you trust and get their input. Then post below how you decided to step out of your comfort zone and take the risk to succeed.