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Failure is Perfection in Progress


You may not believe me, but it’s absolutely true if you choose to think of failure the way I do. We’ve all heard, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” That is pretty much saying the same thing.

You cannot succeed at everything you do in life on the very first attempt.

All you have to do is look into the lives of some of the most famous artists, scientists, writers and business people. The most well known story is that of Thomas Edison who made over 1,000 attempts before he finally invented the light bulb.

When you decide not to be afraid of failure, your pathway to success is assured.

If, on the other hand, you decide to court fear of failure you’ll certainly avoid failing at anything worthwhile. In fact, your life will be pretty dull and boring because you’ll avoid doing anything.

I keep this quote in mind from one of my favorite teachers, Denis Waitley who said:

Failure is our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

I took that quote to heart the first time I heard it, and instead of letting failure kick the shit out of me I started thinking about failure as perfection in progress. As a result I have pulled myself out of the depths of depression that at one time I thought would be the end of me. I have attained a level of success that I once thought was impossible.

So, please, wherever you are in your life, whatever dream you may have that you’ve not yet had the courage to go for, go for it. Don’t be afraid of failure. Make failure your friend and it will help you perfect yourself as you continually progress.

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