My good friend, Failure, decided to show up around lunchtime. He came in, had a seat, informed me of my failure, then left.
I’m OK when my friend Failure comes to visit. Why? Most people hate him. But, I think he’s merely misunderstood.
Because, Failure is inevitable. Like death. Like taxes. Like change. Inevitably, he’s coming to your neighborhood, and directly to you.
I say, welcome him in. Offer him a drink. Talk to him. Understand where he’s coming from. Most of all? Learn from him. Because, when he shows up, that just means I’m that much closer to his counterpart and my other pal, Success, to show up. Everyone likes Success. But what most people struggle with (myself included sometimes) is that you have to go through Failure to get to Success. Failure is just like the doorman to an awesome party thrown by Success. But, you have to have the password.
Here’s the password – in case you’re trying to get into the party. It’s actually several passwords:
1-Work – hard work gets you in to the successful realm.
2-Learning – understanding where Failure is coming from, learning from failure, then reapplying it one more time to get to success
3-Luck – another awesome force, but really ephemeral…luck can be flaky…don’t rely on him too much.
Never be afraid to let Failure in and hang. You’ll learn something from him if and when you do. I did today, and I hope you do too the next time you have a chat with him.