Let's talk about failure and success. We've all made mistakes and done things we later regretted. But, I hope to inspire you to use those “Oh no!” moments of failure to succeed instead. You can create a masterpiece by failing forward.
Have you ever noticed that some of the most successful people in the world seem to just naturally fit in their role? It's as if they've been perfectly sculpted to be the best actor, businessman, or even blogger.
I have a secret to tell you… It's because of their previous experiences. The one's you didn't see before they became wildly and unbelievably successful. These people are actually the biggest failures in the world! But shhhhh, I didn’t tell you that…
Don't believe me? I want you to try something… The next time you talk to a successful person simply ask them this question:
“What failures have you experienced on your journey towards being where you are today?”
They'll probably talk your ear off for hours. Then, you'll begin to realize they've just swung the bat of life a few more times and eventually hit one out of the park. They found success through failing forward.
Sculpt A Masterpiece
Think of your failures as the strike of chisel. Each chisel strike adds a little more depth and a hint of uniqueness to the block of marble your life started as. And, each new experience and failure is a lesson in life that teaches you something. Ultimately, you have to choose to fail forward instead of backward.
Now, if you decide to not take risks, to be complacent, avoid new experiences, and ideas your life will not change much. You'll still be just a hunk of un-sculpted marble waiting, just waiting, for someone to come along and call you a masterpiece.
But, if you take risks and fail, and fail you will, you'll be chiseled into greater and greater detail until finally, you'll become a masterpiece. A masterpiece that you've made yourself. Through failing forward.
What's The Best Way To Create This Masterpiece?
Dive In! Just Jump! Feet first, eyes wide open!
If there's something you're curious about, simply try it. You're going to suck at it, I guarantee it. In fact, you're going to look like an absolute moron, but you know what? Who cares? You're still alive so just laugh about it, get up, brush yourself off, send me an email about how horrible it was then go try again.
Get excited to fail forward because you'll be learning new things, constantly growing, and becoming step by step closer to your very own version of success! How is that not exciting?
Failing Vs Failing Forward
There's a big difference between just failing and failing forward. Einstein said it best:
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
If you're not constantly failing forward, you're probably not aware you're failing at all. Be honest with yourself. See the signs, take a step back, and swallow your pride.
If you're not happy, you're not growing. And if you're not trying new things, you're probably failing backward. Once you've realized you've failed there's only one question you need to ask yourself to fail forward:
“Why did I fail?”
Was it because you didn't try hard enough, was it because the other person was better prepared, was it because you were going in the wrong direction, was it because you're overweight and frankly, she doesn't dig fat guys?
It could be any number of reasons. But, ask this question to yourself, and more importantly, ask it from other people who've seen you fail. They'll often give you priceless feedback that you can learn from. Use that insight to ensure you're failing forward.
Start Failing Forward Today
I challenge you to do the same, to leap, to jump, to try something new. Once you've failed, realize that by doing so you've just become a little bit more chiseled and one step closer to becoming your very own masterpiece. Let's all start failing forward!
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