“Failing forward” what does that mean?

Part 2: Failing forward

Think about almost any great person that you admire. Think about great world leaders, athletes, artists, inventors, scientists, business leaders and innovators. What do Vincent Van Gogh, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Jack Ma, Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, LeBron James, and many others all share in common? They had/have a proper view of failure and a proper response to failure. They all agree with John Maxwell, who said, “Failure is the price we pay for success.” None of them let failure define them or destroy them. No one them allow failure to be there tombstone and bury them. They all allowed failure to be a stepping stone to becoming a better and more successful leader. In fact, there is no real success without some failure or loss. There are no great leaders who did not also experience some great losses.

The quality that distinguishes people who are average from high-achievers is their view of failure and response to it. Many great leaders would say that they failed their way to success. Ultimately, we must also realize that the consequences we face in any situation are a direct result of our own decisions. Every decision we make affects us and the people around us. Responsible people do not look to others in order to place blame or make excuses. Instead, they look for opportunities to learn from their shortcomings and mistakes so that they can continually grow and improve.

Responsible team members look for opportunities to serve and add value to others. When there is a conflict or a problem, we proactively seek solutions. As responsible team members, we work hard and hold ourselves accountable for both our own results and the results of the team. When we are responsible we tend to feel contentment and satisfaction because we know that we give our best in everything we do.

Remember: Thoughts become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become our destiny.

Written by John Weaver (Sources: Global Priority Principles & John C. Maxwell).

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