Fail Like a Pro: Here’s Why You Should

By on September 3, 2013

Fotolia_57020084_XSI’ve wasted more money than I care to remember on ideas that didn’t work and I know what it’s like to go round and round in circles. It can happen to any one of us at one time or another. The important thing from a personal development point of view is that I came through it.

There are two major lessons I want you to take away from this article:

1. Fail Quickly

The quicker you fail, the quicker you’ll realize that something isn’t going to work, in turn the quicker you’ll find something that does work. It’s much better to find out now, rather than never. Just drop it; learn from your mistake(s), then move on.

2. Fail Properly

If a person loses absolutely everything (their home, their clothing, their possessions, their dignity) they become someone who’s really got nothing else left to lose. With nothing left to lose, we have a person who has got everything to gain.

And, two home truths:

  1. The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
  2. No one is immune to failure – including celebrities, politicians, gurus or anyone else for that matter.

Wherever there’s an opportunity for success, there’s also an opportunity for failure. So if you’re serious about your goals, your business, your dreams, then you must scale it up; otherwise you may just as well go back to what you did before.

You should never be afraid of failure – accept it for what it is. Pick yourself up, grit your teeth and get on with it.

Feel free to share your thoughts on this and post a comment below.

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  1. Karen Winter

    October 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I am a proponent of the ‘fail and learn’ school of philosophy, but how do you deal with this in the workplace, where failure is viewed as incompetence and one can possibly lose their job for making a mistake?

    • Nina Tucker

      October 17, 2013 at 8:39 am

      I would have to ask how serious are these so called mistakes? Do they threaten the wellbeing/reputation of the company? If these ‘failures’ are of the human kind, it is impossible to never fail. To work in an environment where being human is viewed as incompetence would cause enormous levels of stress and fear, losing one’s job from such a workplace could therefore be a blessing.

  2. Shawn

    October 29, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I never believed in that, I was always thinking you can’t make a failure person successful, Until I saw this person for real, He was a failure, He failed to get a degree, But he turned his failure to success, He is an owner of a very famous restaurant here, nobody ever thought he could make it but he did, He had his own idea, he had the talent, Now I think it depends on the person, if he wants to make it or not, does he know what he really is? Does he know what he is talented in ? Does he know what he can do and when he can do it? it is risky yes but can he actually take the risk? If yes then he will succeed.

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