Raise your hand if you like failure, please.
Exactly. Nobody does. Nobody, nobody.
Nobody starts out on a new opportunity or an adventure hoping to not make the cut; usually if we perceive that failure is imminent, we shy away from whatever it is that we want to do.
Considering this notion, which I have been mentally conditioned myself to follow my entire life, entrepreneurship has been quite a sobering experience for me. You see, when you are starting a business venture, no matter what you are doing, you are 1000% going to fail in one way or another.
You may be great with the numbers but struggle with the marketing side and you might miss a window of opportunity that would’ve been perfect for your company! You might be an expert with social media but seriously lack in the face-to-face customer service side and because of that, you may suffer some with customer retention. Or you may be a beast at nearly every element of your company (in which case, I’m hiring), but there will be something that you under deliver on at some point. It is simply bound to happen. Because, well, you aren’t super human.
But also, because failure is an incredibly effective teacher and revealer of our true selves.
It’s almost hard for me to even type this but it is true: FAILURE IS NECESSARY!
It is not in the awesome moments and celebrations that our truest selves are revealed; it is in our falling down that our hearts are exposed.
Do we stay down or do we getup? Do we complain or play the blame game when we hit the floor, determined to make sure others know it was not us who initiated the fall? Or do we assume the leadership position, taking responsibility for whatever happened and choose to rise again?
Friends, it is always in the getting up that the mirror will reflect who you really are.
Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of it.
Be a person of integrity, self-control, spiritual maturity and wisdom and let failure simply be an opportunity to stand again.
And just for kicks, remember Walt Disney? You know, one of the most creative geniuses of all time? Well he was fired from his newspaper gig because he was told he “lacked creativity”. Aren’t you glad he decided to get up again?
“Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: “‘When people fall down, don’t they get up again? When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back?'” -Jeremiah 8:4