As the leader of the sales team at Toronto Furnace Repair, I have given a number of speeches. But one of my all-time favourites has to do with the positive value of failures.
While it’s something most people hate and fear, the concept of failure is vital in helping us grow. We have all had experience with this in one way or the other, and it is all a part of life. Life is about learning from your mistakes, and what I try to impress upon my associates is to embrace our failures in order to learn and succeed from these past mistakes.
There are several reasons as to why it’s important to recognize and accept botches that sometimes occur, as it’s all part of the learning process that helps us to move on and do better in the future. As Albert Einstein once said, “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.”
1. Understanding where you went wrong
When you realize what the mistake was and grasp where you went wrong, this helps you pinpoint what area needs to be changed and improved so as to avoid the same mistake from happening again.
2. Failure is a lesson
When it comes to failure, it’s not always something that someone else can teach you. While you may be able to try and avoid making the same mistake as someone else, sometimes experiencing it yourself can have a stronger and more powerful impact on you. This makes it more personal and meaningful, driving you to pursue your goal further.
3. You become stronger
The more failure you experience, the stronger and wiser you become throughout your journey. Not a whole lot of successful people you know has had it easy, and pretty much everyone has struggled to get to where they are today. If you have the strength to put your failures in the past and learn from them rather than being discouraged and giving up, that only makes you all the more stronger.
4. Inspire others
When you learn from your failures and continue to strive for your goal, you inspire others around you which is just another step to success. If you can make an impact on others and change the way they think in a positive way, that’s already success all on its own.
5. A wake-up call
Often when we experience failure, it’s a bit of a wake-up call for us. No one likes to feel discouraged, but often after we have past the phase of feeling down, we start to feel the need to get back up on our feet and do better. Failure helps you reaffirm your original goal, why you wanted to do it, what you were striving for, and how to get there. It’s a strong message that compels you to drive forward even in the toughest of times.
6. Opens up creative outlets
We often have to go through trial and error, especially when it comes to businesses. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is hard to predict at times, which is why you won’t know until you try. The more failures you experience, the wiser you get and your understanding of what works and doesn’t work expands, guiding you closer to your destination. You start to develop creativity as you come up with more processes to try out.
Failure often has a bad reputation, but it shouldn’t always be seen as a bad thing. In fact, it should be seen as a stepping stone on your journey to success. Not too often is it the case where on looks up to someone who’s had it easy from the beginning; instead, we often look up to those who struggled yet still managed to pull through and continue down the road, leading to their success.
Nobody’s perfect, or life would be too easy. Without experiencing failure, our lessons wouldn’t be meaningful or have an impact on our journeys and thought processes. As you celebrate success, give credit to the failures you’ve endured, as these are what shaped you to become the person you are today.