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Why Failure Is Not Only Good, But Necessary

“Failure is part of the process, not a stand alone thing.”

Brene Brown

I was listening to a podcast by Brene Brown today and she said this during the talk and I was so moved by it that I wanted to share it with you.

Too often we believe that failure is bad.  Our whole self-worth is so tied up in succeeding, that we don’t realise that failure is necessary to achieve anything of real value.

Take an iron bar for example.  How do you know how strong it is or how much weight it can hold?  

When it fails.  

When the bar bends because it has reached it’s holding capacity, it experiences failure.  Do you think the bar blames itself and calls itself bad?  Do you think it gives up?

No.  That’s what we humans do.  

The bar (if it could indeed think for itself) would probably figure out a way to re-inforce itself to be stronger next time it tried to hold the weight.  Or alternatively, it would just accept that it had failed and be happy to be two shorter bars, or a bent bar, for the rest of it’s days.

If you want to succeed then you must realise that failure is necessary.

Not only is it necessary, it is intrinsic in the very process.  You cannot succeed without failure.

Consider also, that by not trying, you are failing already, so you have absolutely nothing to lose. 

So what are you waiting for?


About kimconstable

I am Kim: mum to the gorgeous Corey, Kai, Maya and Jack. I own and run multilingual children's company ( I am passionate about ethics and upholding humanitarian values through education. Above all, I am a people person. I love human to human marketing and am insatiably curious about what drives us to do what we do and be who we are. Thank you for reading my blog. You matter to me.

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