Failure is Awesome

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By Brock Armstrong and Monica Reinagel. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In the last episode, we got into the power of practice and in this episode, we explain why failure shouldn't be something that you fear and avoid at all costs. Failure is actually useful (and perhaps even necessary) to your long-term success.

Few of us will travel a straight path to success. There will be false starts, unplanned detours, stalled engines, and dead ends. But the answer is not to start over–only this time “do it right.” Those false starts and dead ends are all part of the learning.

We do not achieve success when we put sufficient distance between ourselves and our failures. We achieve success when we learn to bring our failures close, examine them with clear-eyed compassion, learn what we can from them, and use them as fuel for future growth.

The famous ancient Stoic, Marcus Aurelius, wrote: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. The wise person is aware of all possibilities and prepared for them. In this way, there is no such thing as failure—simply outcomes."

Key takeaways:

  1. Embrace failure! As Brooke Castillo says: "Failure is currency. Success is what you buy with it."
  2. Don't let the fear of failure stop you from making a decision to move forward.
  3. Plan for failure so you don't get surprised and thrown off course by it.
  4. Gathering the data from failure is the best way to determine your next move.

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