“Failing forward” what does that mean?

Part 4: Failing Forward

Have you heard of Albert Einstein? He encountered academic failure. One headmaster expelled Einstein from school and another teacher predicted he would never amount to anything. Einstein even failed his entrance exam into college. But failure did not stop Albert Einstein from theorizing.

What about Michael Jordan, the basketball legend? He was cut from his sophomore basketball team. And during his professional career, Jordan missed over 12,000 shots, lost nearly 400 games, and failed to make more than 25 would-be game-winning baskets. But failure did not stop Michael Jordan from becoming the best basketball player in the world, who also won six NBA championships.

Failure has paralyzed many leaders and prevented them from reaching their full potential. All great achievers have been tempted to believe they are failures. But instead of letting failure destroy them, they have learned to develop a proper view of failure and a proper response to failure. In the face of adversity, loss, shortcomings, and even rejection, they hold onto self-belief and refuse to see themselves as failures. Great leaders and high-achievers have learned specific leadership abilities that enable them to rebound from failure and keep moving forward. In other words, great leaders and high-achievers know how to “Failing Forward.”

Written by: John Weaver

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