I’m failing spectacularly at the moment.
But I’m learning loads.
I’m writing a book.
And I’ve learnt so much along the way.
I’ve failed at each stage of working on the book, but guess what?
I’ve found 6 Positive Spins in the process!
6 Reasons Why Failure Is Good For You.
You won’t want to read them all at once so I’ll just tell you about two today.
More next week.
Failure Is Good For You Because:
1. …failure takes you down new paths.
I never intended to write my book. I wrote an article for the paper and in my research I came across an ancient (150 years old) school log book. I sent in my prized article but they didn’t print it…
I moaned and groaned and spluttered into my cold coffee but there it was.
When I picked myself up and dusted myself down, something made me take another look at the old log book. And a germ of an idea for a whole new writing project was born…
If my article had been accepted, I would never have come up with the new project.
There’s always a new path to take. When you come across an obstacle, a road block, a disappointment, look for another path, another way, another solution. It’s there, right under your nose…
2. …failure stops you being arrogant.
I was busy, busy, busy on my book. I’d spent many days deciphering the faded copperplate writing, typing it into a Word document. I was so tired.
And then it happened.
It was the end of a dark, winter’s day and I was just about to switch off my laptop when… I lost all the work of the day.
ALL OF IT!
When I eventually calmed down, as you do, I was mortified. because:
I knew it was all down to me.
My mistake. My arrogance. My failure.
Sleep came to my rescue. It healed my hurt pride. I woke next day, determined to catch up.
And I re-set the auto save…
Failure happens for a reason.
And it’s usually your own fault.
Failed the exam?
Not enough revision?
Too many late nights?
Thought you could ‘wing it’?
No… you weren’t ready. You hadn’t done the work. You were arrogant.
In my view, most of my failures have been down to me. My fault. No-one else to blame.
How do you view your ‘failures’?
Have you learnt from them?
Has failure been good for you?