Thankful for Failure

It's (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend and that has us thinking, what are we thankful for. Sure, family and food is great, but what we're most thankful for is failing.

Many believe that in order to be successful, you have to have it all figured out and that couldn't be further from the truth. Now we're not saying we're successful and that it's all because we've failed. No, we're not even saying we're successful. But if we can get you to believe that failure is not the enemy, that's a step in the right direction. The process of growing is directly related to learning and the only way to learn is to try new things. You'd have to be magic to try something new and get it right the first time. The only way to step towards perfection is to discover a way that does not work and head the other way. Thomas Edison famously quoted 'I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work.' In order to gain an understanding of what success is, we need to fail. Failure, therefore, is not the enemy of success but is a necessary component of getting there.

Once we understand that failure is going to help us reach our goals, we can start to take away the fear of going out on our own and trying something unfamiliar. To step forward without fear of failure is a liberating revelation and one that we wish everyone could accept. It's not easy, but it's important, so try something new today and be thankful if you fail, because now you know you're on a better path to success.


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