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The Lessons of Failure

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Nelson Mandela is quoted saying "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."

We learn so much more from failure than we ever do from quitting. Still, some prefer to avoid shame by quitting before failing.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from failure?

For me, a lesson is that Failing is not the end. It doesn't kill you.

You are still whole. Even though you feel incredibly wounded by what happened to you when they fired you, they took away your job, but they did not take away your skills, your accomplishments or your spirit.

Life goes on. You gotta pick yourself up and get back on the horse.

Success, as Mandela says, is in getting back up and moving ahead toward your goals.

Success expert Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson has found that successful people have grit. They have faith in themselves that helps them persevere despite setbacks, disappointments, and obstacles.

How about you?

What have you learned from this harsh teacher?

How can you use the lesson as you go forward?

Note: For a good compilation of Mandela quotes:

Note: Read more about success:!

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Friday December 20, 2013

Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at and via his website:



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