Failure Has To Be An Option

Success_Failure_directThere are people who will tell you that failure is a sign of weakness and that if you fail at something that means you are not good at it and you should just give up or try something different. I agree with these people on one thing they should give up trying to “help” people by saying this, because they are dead wrong. Failure is not a sign of weakness. Failure is simply a reality of being human.

Here are just a few quick examples for you. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt like Disney lacked imagination and had no good ideas. Henry Ford had five failed businesses where he went broke all five times before founding the Ford Motor Company. James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson vacuum spent 15 years creating 5,126 versions of the Dual Cyclone vacuum, which all failed before he had one working model.

Now these are all business related examples; however, we can still relate them to everyday life. The important thing about failure is not so much the fact that you fail, but rather what you do with your failure. Whether it is parenting, learning a job, a class at school, your spiritual walk with God, or your personal battle with addiction the only way you grow, learn, and succeed is if you are willing to risk failing. Now please do not misunderstand me here. I am not saying we should go out and intentionally seek to fail. What I am saying is that in order to be successful we have to be willing to except that there is a possibility we will fail, and it is okay if we do. However, if and when we fail we will take what we learned from our experience and strive for success all over again. In order to success at anything in life you have to be willing to fail.

As a leader I have a motto I make sure everyone I lead knows and puts into practice. “Failure is not an option, it is a necessity.” The reason I believe this is an important principle for leadership and everyday life is because if you are not failing from time to time you are not taking risks, if you are not taking risks then you have become comfortable with the status quo and you are not growing, and if something is not growing then it is not living. Is failure an option for you or will you miss out on what God in store for you?

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