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As a young man growing up, I understood failure, in general, to be bad. I never thought of it as a learning opportunity.
It wasn’t until I started diving into personal development that my mindset in regards to failure changed.
I began to see the positives of failure.
I failed a lot growing up. Maybe you did as well.
There were lots of lessons for me along the way. Some of which helped me out. I learned how to have conversations and eventually met my wife. Others flew completely over my head, and I would wait to learn those lessons another day.
How “Not” to do things
I can still remember my Gram threatening to cut my junk off. Seriously.
I failed to lift the toilet seat on one occasion, which was bad. Guys, you know you have done that before. To make matters worse, I had failed to put back down the toilet seat later the same day.
There was no escaping her wrath. She was pissed!
That bit of failure taught me how “Not” to pee on a toilet seat. It taught me that women prefer for us guys to put the toilet seat back down when we are finished.
That lesson I learned as a young boy may not be the most important lesson. However, it has pleased a lot of women in my life with little effort on my part. It reminds me of how I have the ability to learn from failure and use it to my advantage later on.
Winning the first time out is awesome. Who doesn’t like it? However, by winning right away, you may not be learning the lessons that will help you out later in life.
I’ve learned failure is my friend and an important component of my growth. With failure, I’m learning how “Not” to do things. One can argue those are lessons that aren’t available from winning alone.
If you’re interested in approaching failure differently, then your training begins with your thoughts.
- Stop thinking of failure as a bad thing.
- Instead, embrace the concept that failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.
Failure can be your friend if you learn how to manage your thoughts about it.
What have you failed at which taught you a lesson and then turned out to be a good thing? Please leave me a comment and let me know.