“Failure will only make you better”, “You must fall in order to get up”. You’ve possibly heard this a million times. Cheesy, lame, cliché, you might call it! You are right, it’s true. These kind of phrases are actually the definition of cliché. But did you even wonder how did they win this characterization in the first place? Well, it was when everyone discovered, at some point in their lives, that they are so recklessly real. And you will learn to love them, embrace them and pass it on to other people who will initially snob them!
You live, you learn!
Think of one successful person you know. Then go ahead and ask them, how did he/she get to be so successful. You will be surprised to find that there’s a huge story to listen to there. A story of risks, disappointments, resets, changes, obstacles and a lot of “was this the right thing to do, the right way to go” questions. In other words, failures and compromises! And it all might sound like a fairytale as you hear it, but that’s because you are just staring at the happy ending right in the face!
Keyword? Failures! “I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”! This coming from the most successful basketball player of our time, Michael Jordan. A guy who didn’t make the cut to his high school basketball team. The examples are never-ending. Walt Disney couldn’t get a job in Hollywood for ages and his first animation studio, went on to bankrupt! “They have no future in the music business”, Decca Records said about “The Beatles” and Baltimore WJZ fired Oprah Winfrey, because ‘she wasn’t what the people wanted to see”. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard. Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, Einstein couldn’t speak right until he was nine and JK Rowling’s career as an author was going down the drain before she invented “Harry Potter”. Is there a reason to go on?
The psychology of failure
Studies have shown that, hypomania, the enthusiasm of taking risks are in the nature of established entrepreneurs. That makes their persistence increase when they fail. And the more persistent you become, the less chances there are of failing the next time you try. Another research, constructed by Barclays (yes, the bank) revealed that, being either optimistic or pessimistic has nothing to do with failure as a result. But it has everything to do with how it will affect you. “Optimists have a stronger belief in success and that’s why they are more satisfied with their lives”, the survey revealed. Psychologists claim that failure will lead you to work on your skills to make up for what you may discover you lack in talent, so as to be competitive! It’s all a matter of perception! “A lot of people still think of failure as a sign of personal incompetence and try to avoid it at all cost,” Andrew Filev, CEO and founder of Wrike, stated. “But when you view building a business as a series of experiments, you start to see failure as an inevitable step in the process!”
No more drama
Mistakes, or setbacks? The answer is obvious! The truth is, there are no mistakes and you better erase that word from your vocabulary. Failure happens daily! Everywhere! Will you let it get to you? Or allow it to make you better? If you think you have trouble endorsing your failure, just google this guy’s name. Johannes Haushofer’s CV of failures needs a frame on your inspirational wall!
You will create your own story and life will make you to! That’s why you are here at EUC aren’t you? To believe in you! To discover all possible paths! Your outcome might be very different that your successful paradigm’s was, but your end is going to be just as cliché as theirs was! And believe me, you will absolutely fall in love with it!