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Every Friday is Wisdom Friday.  It’s just a way for me to share with my readers the little gems of life that I’ve learned either during the week or living life in general.

Often when we hear or read about successful people and stories, we don’t hear about the failure that accompany the said successes.  Yet there’s never been any success stories in the history of mankind without the failure that came before them.  Failure come in different sizes, but every successful man and woman encounters them.  How successful one eventually becomes depends on, in large part, how freely the person embraces those failures.

In my opinion, embracing failure is the recipe for future successes because it:

  1. Offers opportunities to learn from your mistakes. Learning from one’s mistake is the quickest path to personal growth.  Babies and toddlers learn so much and so quickly because they are always learning from their mistakes and failure.
  2. Creates opportunities to think outside of the box. Embracing one’s failure means internalizing what did not work and trying to come up with what may work in the future.  This breaks the “insanity” loop (according to Albert Einstein, insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results)

What do you think?  If you have more to add as to why embracing failure eventually lead to successes, please share them in the comments!

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I always like to end my week on a positive or inspirational note, so I thought I would spread that positivity by blogging about an inspiration and/or wisdom every Friday.  In marketing, they teach you that if you want an idea to catch on, you need to give it a name.  So Wisdom Friday it is!

Most people try to avoid failure as much as possible because failing makes us feel bad about ourselves, and nobody likes to feel bad.  What most people don’t realize is failure is not optional.  There has never been a human being who came before you and me who had never failed.  What makes you think you will be the first?

In fact, by trying to avoid failure one is only delaying failure.  If you don’t think there’s anything wrong with delaying failure, think of this analogy:

We all know that babies learn to walk by repeatedly getting up after they fall.  Imagine you were 9 months old and learning to walk for the first time.  If fear of falling down had kept you from taking that first step, you would never have learned to walk and would not be walking today.

So think about this next time you feel the fear in trying because you don’t want to feel bad after failing: would you rather fail now where people may be more forgivable (i.e. a 9 mo. old baby taking the first steps) or failing when the consequences of failure are much greater (i.e. not having learned how to walk at all).  Remember, failing now is always going to cost less (in mental stress, time, and money) than failing one, two, or ten years from now.

Happy Friday!