Will Smith’s Instagram video on failure really had me thinking. In the video he talks about encouraging failure.
In the video he says, “Fail early, fail often, fail forward.”
I think about people who are scared of failure and use it as a basis to not try new things. When in reality, that should just make them try even more because in the long run, failing can only make you better.
Every failure is simply a feedback that something is not right and needs correction.
A lot of people run from feedback. But as I grow in my career, it’s what I thrive off of. When you fail at something that’s automatic feedback. When whatever you’re trying doesn’t work, you know automatically that whatever you’ve done is not working. Whether you have that same opportunity again is irrelevant because you just learned something that you never would have learned if you never tried it.
Every major failure comes with the seed of an equal or greater opportunity.
I never think of failure as a lost opportunity because I am confident in the saying that what’s for me is truly for me. At my last job I kept messing up on small things on an account. In truth, I kept making mistakes because I was bored with my position and felt unvalued by the company. This caused me to make mistakes that I shouldn’t have, causing my work to suffer. I was transferred into another department as a result. But if that didn’t happen I would not have the ventured out on my own in entrepreneurship. If I’m being honest I’m the happiest I’ve been in a very long time. I also took the lesson to never slack on my work no matter how I may be feeling because you never know who’s watching.
Keep your confidence in yourself
Failure does not mean you’re failure. It just means you need more practice. It allows you to see the worst of what you’re doing so you can improve upon it. Just because you fail does not mean you should quit. What people don’t understand is that failing is apart of the process in success. So many great people I admire have failed before. The only reason you see them successful now is because they did not allow that failure to define who they were. They took that failure as a lesson and tried again until they succeeded.
So go and write that book. Start that business. Don’t fear failure. Embrace it as part of your process to success. Step out on faith and try something that takes you out of your comfort zone. Because if you don’t test your limits, you’ll never know your true strength.
“Fail early, fail often, fail forward.” and watch what happens.