Some people are getting to where they are going much faster than others. You see this in your job, in your business, and even in your personal life. There are people out here that seem to be on the fast track, no matter what goals they set for themselves. Would you like to know the secret to their success? It’s failing and failing fast.
Yes, you heard me right. The secret to getting what you want out of life in the fastest way possible means you have to fail. Not only do you have to fail, but you have to do it often and quickly. It’s the fastest way to learn what you need to know to get things right.
Stop Avoiding Mistakes
The first thing you should do is to stop actively avoiding making mistakes. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you. Take calculated risks, try something new, and if you fail, consider it a good thing. Having something not work out doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It simply means you found something that doesn’t work.
Live by this quote by Thomas Edison:
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
Learn From Each Failure
There is always something to be learned when things don’t work out the way you expected them to. The trick is to look closely enough and with an open mind. It’s easy to get stuck in our ways and expect things to work a certain way. If we let them, our failures can show us when we’re on the wrong path and what we need to adjust to make it work.
Take the time to learn from your mistakes and failures. Don’t just move on and try something else. Look at what went wrong and learn from it what you can. Then, and only then, are you ready to try again. Which brings us to my last point.
Never Give Up
The only way you’ll truly fail is when you give up. When you’re trying to get faster and better, when you’re working hard to reach your goals in life, giving up simply isn’t an option. You can’t let yourself get beat. Instead, you try again and again, learning from each failure and getting better at what you do along the way.
I’ll leave you with yet another quote by Thomas Edison:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”