seas do not make skillful sailors.
— African proverb
The Center for Social Leaders posted a very timely newsletter blog on Failing Wisely, enjoy:
Many venture capital firms are actually more likely to invest in an entrepreneur who has already failed in a prior business effort, as long as the entrepreneur can demonstrate how he or she learned from it. Why? The entrepreneur has experienced the learning curve that only ‘failure’ generates. It’s my experience that the most successful leaders all have one thing in common: they “fail wisely.” After being fired from the company he started at age thirty (Apple), Steve Jobs used the opportunity to build the most successful animation company in history (Pixar).
He later returned to lead Apple through its most successful period and revolutionize the music industry. Jobs has said that being fired from Apple “freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life … The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.”
Jobs is living proof that what one person calls “failure” is evolution and positive growth to another.
As adults we brood over our “failures”—which is precisely what keeps us failing over and over again. Our feelings of failure generate even greater feelings of low self-esteem that diminish our capacity to succeed. The next time you have a thought such as “I’m a failure” or “Look, there I go, messing up again,” mentally reengineer your negative thought by instead asking yourself the questions: “How can I fail wisely?” and “What must I learn from this experience to help me more effectively reach my goals?”
Apply the inner wisdom that emanates from your responses to move more assuredly forward—with the new skills and learning you have picked up along the way—toward your goals.