There are those who would say “Failure is not an option.”
There are those who believe if you can go 60 seconds without making a mistake, you can go another 60 seconds, and then another, and then another…and therefore you should never make a mistake because all you need to do is string together a lifetime of 60 seconds of mistake-proof life.
There are those who berate their people for failing. Who chastise them in public, in private, or both.
And to those people I say – you’re wrong.
Failure IS an option. In fact, it is a necessity.
Without failure, we wouldn’t know what doesn’t work as we strive towards innovation.
Without failure, we wouldn’t appreciate the sweetness of success.
Without embracing our own failures, we teach our children that failure is unacceptable. And we wonder why children are either type-A stress balls or failure-avoiding underachievers.
Without learning from our failures, we are doomed to repeat them.
Learning HOW to fail is as important in learning how to win. In fact, it’s probably even more important because if you’re taking risks and living a big life, you will fail far more often than you will succeed.
So yes – failure is an option. So is success. So is mediocrity. So is a life lived in quiet desperation.
Now ask yourself:
Are you brave enough to fail?