“Are you afraid of failure? Well, how do you feel about learning? Think of failure as learning, as a tool, as results you can improve.” – Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is a masterful motivator, working with celebrities, speaking to thousands, doing his best to help bring out the absolute best in people.
And he has experienced failure, many times. And in the quote above, he describes how he looks at failure – not as a stopping point or as a crushing blow, but as a chance to learn and improve.
I don’t know about you, but I am afraid of failure. No one would say that risk-taking is my middle name! But I know that if I want to grow into the person I know I can become, it’s inevitable that I’m going to fail.
I can decide what to do when I fail. How I choose to react to failure. Right now, I’m writing this blog and have been for 4 months. No comments…yet. Is anyone reading what I write? Some might say that’s a failure. I say “I’m just getting started.”
I learned that I need to get the word out more that I’m writing and sharing my knowledge gleaned from 25 years in higher education. I learned that I have to tell people I’m here and that I have helpful and meaningful information to share about getting students ready for college admission and ready for college success! I am learning all the time about what I can do to take my experiences and learn from it.
And I have discovered that failure can open a lot of new doors! I have learned so much in these last few months. Things about blogging and WordPress and plugins and SEO that I did not know before. My brain is on fire and I want to know more.
If I had written the blog and had comments immediately, I would not have learned what I know now. I would not have asked the questions I did or met the cool people I know now who helped me with my website. I still have a long way to go for success, and I know I will get there.
I don’t believe in failure. I believe in experience and learning and always improving. You?