Famous Failures – Failure and Feedback


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I just read an interesting article on “famous failures” which further solidifies the fact that there is no failure only feedback as Michael mentioned in the M5. I want to add that there can be failure if you refuse to perceive your experience as anything other than a failure. It takes a conscious effort to see the value from the failure, the feedback, and move forward with that knowledge to make our next experiences better.

In the success.com article, Famous Failures, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Harland Sanders, and Norman Vincent Peale are mentioned with the highlights of the “failures” they faced. They pushed through these failures even when some of them were about to give up. Can you imagine if Oprah, Michael, Harland, and Norman would have given up?

It seems a lot of us have the belief that we should be really good at everything we try, even on the first try, and if we are not, we should be ashamed of our failure and move on quickly. So we move on to something else. Never stopping to think about the feedback we got from the experience, never giving it another go, just moving on.

We owe it to ourselves to give every experience a fighting chance and do our absolute best to gather every bit of feedback we can from it to make the next experience even better.

I’ll leave you with these great quotes from Thomas Edison I read to myself occasionally as a reminder to see each experience for what it really is, gleaning the knowledge, good or bad, and moving on to make the next experience better.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

“I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

~ Thomas Edison

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