A Benefit of Failure
"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently." -- Henry Ford
One key to success"Your organization (or personal life) will never get better unless you are willing to admit that there is something wrong with it." --Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
Failure is an Instructor
Failure's role is to teach us. We learn valuable lessons from failure.
Failure teaches us that we need to change our plans.
Failure teaches us that we need to change our decisions.
Failure teaches us that we need to change our hunches.
Failure teaches us that we need to change our teamwork.
Failure teaches us that we need to change a lot of things.
At least now we know more things that won't work!
--Chris Widener. "Thought for Today" by Ray Lammie
A Bunch of Failures
Most of us know Babe Ruth set a record with 714 home runs in his baseball career. But few remember he struck out 1,330 times on the way to that record. Most people know Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine, but few realize he had to fail two hundred times before he found the right one.
Nearly everyone who watches professional basketball agrees Michael Jordan is one of the greatest players of all time. But most people don't realize he failed to make the basketball team his sophomore year in high school. He didn't quit playing because of one failure.
Henry Ford went bankrupt five times before he finally succeeded. Thomas Edison failed over ten thousand times in his attempts to find the correct filament for the light bulb. When an aide urged him to quit after several hundred failures, he replied, "Why quit now? We know of at least a hundred things that won't work."
Learning from our failures is part of the process of being successful. None of these people could have accomplished what they did if they had listened to the fear of failure. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 69)
Reaching Your Full Potential
"A high jumper never discovers his full potential until he reaches his point of failure."--Unknown