In Summary
  • It’s only after you have finally succeeded, that you realise that the failures were an essential part of the journey.
  • Success doesn’t come from being busy, it comes from being productive. It’s your output that counts, not your effort.

We all fail sometimes, and it never feels good.

But what really matters is how you respond. Because no one can guarantee success. There’ll always be too many things outside of your control that can go wrong.

But you can choose how you react to your difficulties. And turn failures into learning experiences.

That was demonstrated in a famous study which asked two groups to do a management task. One group was told the exercise would measure their management abilities.

The other was told it was an opportunity to develop their management skills. In fact, the test was designed to be impossible, and so no one succeeded.

What’s interesting is that the first group felt like failures because their skills didn’t measure up. And they didn’t improve when they were given the opportunity to try again.

But the second group analysed their failure, and performed better on their second attempt.

PERFECTION

The takeaway? You can either see failure as a sign that you’re not up to the job, or as an opportunity for improvement. So, the next time something goes wrong, rethink your approach, rather than giving up.

Like perfection doesn’t actually exist. So don’t make that your target. Aiming for perfection always leaves you feeling inadequate, which makes you want to give up, instead of being excited about what you’ve achieved and what you’ll accomplish in the future.

And that makes a huge difference. Ask Henry Ford, whose first two car businesses failed before he started the Ford Motor Company.

It’s only after you have finally succeeded, that you realise that the failures were an essential part of the journey.

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