Failure is a mindset
I know, common sense dictates that this concept isn’t very intuitive… In fact most of us live our life in fear of failure, because it is very much real. Things can and will go wrong that are out of our control, which is NOT failure in my eyes, but lessons to learn from.
I don’t wish to get into an argument with anyone, I simply want to approach this from a philosophical perspective.
If you really think about it every failure, throughout history was a learning lesson. I know, I know… We are told our entire lives generic sentiments just like this one to encourage us to persevere through all adversity. Hell, that’s the main theme in just about every sports movie.
But, just stop and think about it for a second. Every example of failure that I can think of is either someone giving up, dying or just changing directions… Two of which are things that you can control. With the exception of dying that we simply can’t control.
Since I used Sports as a reference, I might as well stick with it… Even the worst team in the NFL still comes back next year…. They could literally lose every single game and still return. The owners and management make the decision if they want to keep going with they’re current route, if they want to change directions or simply just quit.
By definition a losing team is a quote, unquote “Failure”, but if the team turns things around and becomes champions they are now a dramatic success story. You know what that means to me? We choose to fail…
With this powerful notion in mind you can literally apply it to almost anything and come out the victor. OR…. You can accept “Failure” (In your mind) and quit…
Motivating your own mindset
This is where I want to play some inspiring music as I get on my soapbox and preach to a gathered around crowd of people. Lol
But, all kidding aside, I think human beings are capable of miraculous things, but we let our own minds stop most of us from achieving wonders. The Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 law) states that most affected situational results known to man derive from 20% of the causes. In other words, the 20% of the cause is responsible for 80% of the result. Statistically speaking this is scary accurate across the board. For examples like study groups throughout universities are split up into even groups and they all finish with each group having 20% of group do 80% of all the work. In software, Microsoft published that repairing 20% of the bugs, 80% of the related errors would be eliminated.
Why is this important? Because, most of us find ourselves in a convergent and complacent “auto-pilot” if you will… The natural assortment exists to the 80/20 law when we accept failure as an option. Okay, granted, this is a lot of information to process. Let me simplify. All of the people that don’t take failure as an option succeed. Period. That’s right. All of those motivational speakers, every self made millionaire, every diversified investor didn’t quit when the going got tough. Seriously, read literally any book on someone’s success story.
Take this stat for example: According to the Census Bureau, 10 percent of the population own their own business and another 10 percent of the population are self-employed. Basically, anyone that takes their employment in their own hands falls in the 20% of the population. The remaining 80% work for other people. Spooky, right?! 20% supply the jobs and 80% work them.
What’s does that mean for you? Change your mindset. You cannot fail. Be apart of that 20% or the 80%… Just know you can be the best at whatever you choose. I personally, would love to see the flip to all this and have the 80% be entrepreneurs and business owners. I think that would give us the greatest economic time in history.. Now, please don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with getting a good education and becoming very successful working for someone’s enterprise. My point to all of this even if you work for someone else you still have that choice of failure. You can keep going, die or course correct. (which brings me to my next point)
A Captain’s Voyage
I think the greatest metaphor for failure not being an option is a captain at sea. Whether or not the captain is pioneering uncharted waters or if he’s simply charting a course for an island hopping cruise, there are so many unknowns at sea. First and foremost, the weather… A terrible storm ahead can make for a very unpleasant journey. A captain can often be put in a situation where he’s forced to make 1 of 3 decisions.
1. Keep going… Face the storm and trust in your boat and crew.
2. Turn around and go home… Is the journey really worth the struggle?
3. Change course… You can lose a little time, but still make your destination.
I love this metaphor, because not only is this a great comparison for life in general, but it can seriously be applied to business. Think about it. Pretend your business is that boat and the storm is your company is getting sued. Plus, you don’t have the money to settle or fight in court. What do you do?
1. Keep going… Go to court, take out loans, cut expenses…. Find a way.
2. Turn around and go home… Accept loss and close your doors.
3. Change course… Change your business name and learn from that mistake.
Ya see?!?! How you react is the only thing that matters. In life, in business, in love. Your reaction makes or breaks you.
You cannot fail. You can only choose to give up.
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