Admit it or not, almost everyone is afraid of failure…and that’s okay. Why do we place such negative connotations on fear and failure? Sometimes, fear is a great thing and often times, failure is the best thing we can do to reach success.
Just like our parents would say, failure is okay as long as you learn from it and you get back up and don’t make the same mistake again. Well, that’s true and helpful but there’s more to turning failure into success.
Successful people and leaders actually aim to fail. They don’t let the fear of failure be the reason they don’t try something out, be it a new project, a risky idea or an unusually interesting job candidate. In fact, many Human Resources executives, thought leaders and strategists are bringing awards for making mistakes into their organizations.
These awards are recognizing employees who make the best mistakes. It’s not a race for making the most mistakes. It’s based on criteria that show an employee made a mistake or tried out a great idea that didn’t work and actively pursued improvement and or learned a lesson from their mistake.
Mistakes often result in a better product, service or process. Achieving success is about knowing the risk of failure and doing it anyway because the failure will lead to understanding the barrier, the bottleneck or other roadblock that can be fixed in order to be successful. In other words, fail in order to succeed.
Some real life examples of people who succeeded by failing are Steve Jobs, the late CEO and Co-founder of Apple, and Vera Wang. As many may know, Steve Jobs was fired from an earlier company he co-founded. Now, he’s a business legend. According to Business Insider, Vera Wang didn’t make the Olympic figure-skating team and failed at making editor-in-chief at Vogue when she worked there. Now, she’s an extremely well known and successful designer.
Who knows, maybe Steve Jobs knew he would fail at his first business but wanted to try it so he could gain the experience and fix the areas he messed up on for his next business. If it helps, don’t look at it as “failing.” Take the Thomas Edison perspective of "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work" or as many are calling it: First Attempt In Learning.