We all fail at some point in life. What separates the losers from the winners though is how you choose to let that failure affect you. You can either let it destroy your life by eating away at you a until you just can’t take it anymore! OR, you can build upon it!
Some of the happiest people on this planet are the people who understand that no one is perfect. They have developed a skill to turn every experience, positive or negative, into a life lesson or learning experience.
Take me for example. 1 Smartphone app that made it into the app store but now ceases to exist, 2 Smartphone apps that never even came to fruition, 3 e-commerce websites never to generate positive revenue, 1 cryptocurrency venture to burn a hole in my wallet when I entered after the hype, multiple failed attempts at “getting into the best shape of my life” and countless failed experiences with the people around me.
Damn. That’s a lot of failure to have to live with, with nothing to show for it! Right? Dead wrong, actually. Listen closely, because this is exactly what I’m talking about when I tell you perspective is a choice and how you perceive things will ultimately shape your reality. Here are all the reasons that I’m so glad that I’ve failed at so many things in the past, and how I’m using it as rocket fuel to propel my progression and cultivate a sense of happiness and fulfillment moving forward.
1. Beyond Failure Lies Opportunity.
This one is my personal favorite. Yes, I’ve failed at countless things throughout my life. These failures don’t hurt me in any way shape or form though; rather, they excite me. I’ve come to realize that with every door that closes, a new one opens and is just awaiting your ambitious arrival.
I’ve failed with the apps, e-commerce, and multiple other business ventures. I’m utilizing everything that I learned throughout the countless hours spent working on those endeavors and I’m now that much better off because I went through them. How am I utilizing these failures exactly? Insider secret: 24HourCaptain will be releasing a smartphone app unlike anything currently on the market, so get hyped and subscribe to receive updates with the release of the app!
Every obstacle I’ve faced, everything mistake I made, every misstep in my previous ventures are all shaping a more clear path to my current venture. I’m on a mission to help others determine and achieve their life’s purpose. My failures are what will guide me to create a bright future for myself, my family and the entire 24HourCaptain community.
2. Failure Develops Strength and Character.
You may think you’re strong. You throw up 2 plates in the gym and BAM! You’re the guy! Unstoppable, no one can touch you! Yeah, maybe so, but when was the last time you actually went through it mentally? Can you recall the last experience you endured that put you through hell and back? You never know just how strong you are until you have no other option than to be strong. Pro tip: when in doubt, when you’re feeling down, when you feel like you just can’t keep pushing forward anymore, always revert to your why and you will be reminded of the path your destined to follow.
Learn to love failure and adversity. Get to the point where you genuinely enjoy pushing your limits, mentally and physically, and seeing just how much struggle you can endure because on the other side of your pain is growth. Don’t simply be O.K. with failing, rather, welcome it! Bring it on! Barbara Corcoran, star from CNBC’s Shark Tank, explains the importance of failure and how to use it as fuel for the future in her book Shark Tales.
3. Action May Lead to Failure, but Inaction Will Certainly Lead You Nowhere.
It’s always best to “just do it.” No matter what action you choose, the most dangerous form of action is inaction; because here, you’re bound to go nowhere fast. When you’re stuck between decisions, unsure which path to take, just choose one. Andy Frisella, CEO of 1stPhorm & host of the MFCEO project, says it best in his podcast titled Make a decision and keep moving forward. He emphasizes the importance of not just looking to win at everything you do in life. He instead provides valuable content to show you how to dominate every aspect of your life. Follow Andy and the MFCEO project and you’re sure to change your outlook on your failures.
We all fall down in life. The question is, who gets back up? I challenge you to take some time to reflect on your previous failures. Write down what you failed at and why you think you failed. Then, write down how you can learn from it and actually be a better person moving forward because of it. I want you to physically see your failures face to face, as well as the roadmap to overcoming them; so it’s important that you write them down.
Next time you face failure, defeat, pain, uncomfortability, look it dead in the face and say “I’m bigger than this!” “I’m not going to let this destroy me.” Use every experience as a component to the larger picture vision you are striving to create.