In this world of success and making money, it almost seems like failure is not an option. I’m unsure who made the rules, but there are plenty of success stories that started out as failures. For example, did you know that J.K. Rowling received hundreds of no’s before you received one yes for the Harry Potter book series? While not all of us will be like Elon Musk or J.K. Rowling, that does not mean we shouldn’t be proud of our accomplishments.
A small accomplishment can add up. However, what if you fail? What if you aren’t meant to do something? I’ve seen countless people who are afraid to fail and who stress about losing it. I wanted to write this post to share with them why failing is okay. You shouldn’t stress about failing because failure leads to something better. You may fail at one thing, but be completely amazing at another.
Reason Number 1: Failing Helps You Improve
A failed attempt helps you improve by giving you the foundation of what may or may not have worked. It’s a starting point. When you win, chances are you may not see a reason to get better. The more someone fails the more they learn from that failure and pursue what they are good at. We are afraid of failure and sometimes it’s because of our ego. This is something I learned the hard way. I was always afraid to fail. Nevertheless, I learned that over time it didn’t matter what others thought of me.
It’s unfair for you to compare yourself to others. Your wins aren’t other people’s wins. We all have our own journey. While some people reach their destination quicker, there are others who need more time to find what they want in life. This is okay.
Reason Number 2: You Learn More from Your Mistakes
Do you remember a time in your life where you learned more from your mistakes? I used to play competitive soccer. Whenever I made a mistake or a bad pass in the middle of a soccer game, I used it as an opportunity to learn and grow. I’d watch my tapes to see my mistakes. This is the same with anything. For failed businesses or failed attempts, you learn where you went wrong and how to get better.
Reason Number 3: You Build Courage and Resilience
Finally, failing is okay because it helps you build courage and resilience. There are some who are afraid of trying something because the concept of failing is hard to bare. For those who actually try and fail, they realize it’s not the end of the world. The sting of receiving a no gets easier over time. You build courage and resilience from losing. It gives you character.