Fail Your Way To Business Success… Really?
By Monique MacKinnon & Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
Thomas Edison said it best, “Failure? I know 1000 ways how not to invent the light bulb.” Using Edison’s definition of failure, success includes the disappointment of experiments that did not work.
There are thousands of stories of failure that created success, including the story of an aspiring engineer who started an automobile company. The company failed, as did a second. In spite of these failures, the engineer persisted and his third company became one of the greatest industrial enterprises the world has ever known. Of course, I speak of Henry Ford, who said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t, you are right.” He certainly proved himself right.
Ford’s early disappointment compelled him to double his efforts. Disappointments are as much a part of life as are eating and sleeping. No one is exempt from disappointment; what varies is how one chooses to handle it. Some people see the glass half full, while others see the glass half empty. Both are correct. Those who persevere diligently, triumph in the long term. Those who live with it, end up frustrated. The more one becomes comfortable with setbacks, the easier it is to rally and persevere.
One of the most effective ways to rise above disappointment is to prepare for it. The cliché, “Expect the best and prepare for the worst”, sets the stage to accept a setback and to rally quickly. Therefore, the next time you begin an endeavor, think of the following in advance: What you will do to adjust if needed.
Remember to also be grateful for setbacks. Although this advice is counter intuitive, imagine… conversely, a world where everything was perfect in every way and everything came to fruition like clockwork. What would you learn? — That you are invincible?
When you have a forward thinking attitude, the challenge of setbacks can teach you patience, resolve, humility, strength, courage and commitment. So, when you are faced with a setback, use it as a springboard to reach greater heights, and receive life-enhancing insights.
You create your reality. Harry Palmer said it best with: “You experience what you believe. If you don’t believe that you experience what you believe, then you don’t, which still means the first statement is true.” This moment is the first moment of the rest of your life. Are you willing to do what it takes to claim and experience your success?
Lastly, there is no shame in asking for assistance, to live your life authentically. If you have read the books, taken workshops, had psychic readings, etc. and still struggle, despite having applied the advice that your intuition told you was applicable to you, then you may have emotional blocks preventing you from magnetizing what you desire.