Why talk about failure? Long ago, I wrote a presentation on failure, and gave it for several local business groups. Everyone loved it.
The blogging started when two posts collided at Stupid Mistakes and Lessons Learned. Then there were More Lessons Learned. I was excited to share what people have learned through their own experience.
I decided it was time to go back to my original source for What is “Failure”? The point of Larry Wilson and Hersch Wilson in that article is “I cannot fail. I can only learn and grow.” That has practically become a mantra for me when dealing with an adverse outcome. “I cannot fail. I can only learn and grow.” Powerful words. Memorize them. Repeat them. Often! “I cannot fail. I can only learn and grow.”
That started the Failure Quote of the Day, drawn from my old presentation. That has been running since April 20. I have lots more where those came from! I may keep it up forever!
Failure: The Highway to Success shared some similar thoughts from Jeff Cornwall, and Building Success: One Failure at a Time today came from Zane Safrit.
Chris Brogan, blog buddy, finally wondered what was up with failure. So here is the explanation. It’s all part of my evil plan to redefine the word “failure” so it does not imply a negative judgment. “I cannot fail. I can only learn and grow.”
Failure Quotes of the Day:
- 4/20 Remember your failures
- 4/21 Fail forward to success
- 4/22 The only time you don’t fail
- 4/23 I’d rather be a failure
- 4/24 Fail. Forward. Fast.
- 4/25 I never gave up
- 4/27 You only stumble if you are moving
- 5/1 Three ways to beat the fear of failure
- 5/3 Dare to fail greatly
- 5/4 We come to wisdom through failure
- 5/5 Learn how to fail intelligently
- 5/6 Rise every time you fall
- 5/7 Far better to dare mighty things
- 5/8 Err and come short again and again
- 5/9 Put failure to work for you
- 5/10 I cannot fail
I can’t quit thinking about failure! It is too important of a concept. Here are some additional offerings. And, yes, I do have more!
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- How small town businesses can market to remote workers and turn them into new customers - May 15, 2023
- Survey of Rural Challenges 2023 results - May 8, 2023
- Rural and small town ideas from the OU Placemaking Conference IQC 2023 - April 5, 2023
- Rural tourism trends say small towns are still cool - March 27, 2023
- Move Your Money and Bank Local - March 22, 2023
- Using a building as a warehouse or storage in a small town? Put up a sign - March 13, 2023
- How to get customers in the door of small town and rural retail stores - February 19, 2023
- Check your small business website for outdated pandemic changes, missing info - January 31, 2023
- Rural Tourism Trend: electric vehicle chargers can drive visitors - January 15, 2023
- 2023 trends for rural and small town businesses - December 26, 2022
Matthew Cornell says
Thanks for the round-up, Chris. I agree that our perceptions of ‘failure’ are limiting at best. I’ve started keeping a “Lessons Learned” file so that I can look at failures or mistakes as opportunities. Any other suggestions for perspective changes?
Becky McCray says
Matt, the “lessons learned” file reminds me of the comments on our post New Thoughts on Failure. We talked about ways to change your perspective to capitalize on both your successes and your failures.
Thanks for sharing your idea and for taking time to comment.