Why is failure essential for success?


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We all do it. Some of us are excellent at it. I'm so good at it, a chapter in my upcoming book is dedicated to it. Failure. I've failed more times than I can count, and you've done it too. Worth mentioning, failing is nothing to be ashamed of; as a matter of fact, if you show me a successful person, I'll show you a person that has failed his way to success. Scientific genius, Albert Einstein said, "Failure is success in progress." The difference between success and failure can be as thin as a razor's edge. Even when faced with the prospect of failure, continue to forge ahead.

Significant historical figure and 16th United States President, Abraham Lincoln failed many times at his bid for political office including state legislature, a failed attempt at speaker of the house and United States Congress. A run for becoming the vice president failed as well before Lincoln was elected to the highest position in U.S. Government.

Steve Jobs, arguably one of the most dominant influences of the digital age flunked out of college, was fired from the company he founded and produced many dud products before ringing the success bell.

You might be asking, what does this have to do with me? I'm not a U.S. presidential hopeful, nuclear physicist like Einstein or corporate visionary like Jobs. I'm just me.

Regardless of whether you fail an exam at school, fail at servicing your client properly, fail at building your business or fail at marriage, you must get back up, clean up the mess and move on. Famous comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said, "It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success." And it's true.

You have influence and you are important even without a doctorate, a political position or a management position. So when you fail (and you will fail), it's how you react to failure that is so important. It's what happens next that counts.

With each failure comes a lesson. Truly, if you learn nothing from failing, you have no growth. Use failure as your springboard to improve yourself, your process or your outlook.

Look at the bright side, within you there are a great many failures that will inevitably happen. Expect it. Embrace it. Be empowered by it. You will be able to be more confident, stronger and ultimately take greater control of your life if you are not afraid to fail.

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