Fail your way to success.

Success is not something that comes easy. It is not something that simply happens because one tries. For even the most successful people, their gains come only after a fair amount of failing. This is true, no matter what industry you work in or interest you pursue.

It has been said it before, obviously has become a cliche, but I will say it again: mistakes are our learning opportunities. Successful people use those epic fails as a chance to reconfigure, innovate and find out what works best.

History has shown us that the path to success is paved with failure. You can make the path as short as possible by learning how to turn failures into success builders.

Do not be afraid and do not hold back. Do not get tired or despondent. Often we fail because we are trying to do too much, too fast and sometimes, all at once. What this teaches us, is that although failure can be painful and although we as people we have developed an aversion to it, it actually can allow us to unlock great potential.

I hate failing. Failure feels like wasted life. Yes, I know I am supposed to embrace failure and learn. But, given the choice, I would succeed more. I have not failed for lack of good intentions. Frankly, I am troubled that the path down is faster than the path up.

Pursue next time more than last time. Reject finger pointing. Blame gets you off the hook but never produces success. Respond with optimism, not anger. Confidence answers anger; inadequacy fuels it. Share lessons learned from failure. Leadership’s greatest influence occurs through failures.

Frailty enhances your influence as long as it is not an excuse. Seek clarity. Resist urges to close your eyes. Open them instead. Celebrate adaptation, if you cannot celebrate failure directly. Fail small in order to succeed large.

Try, test, improve, and move forward. Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Dig into ways that failure makes you better. “Failure changes for the better, success for the worse.” – Seneca

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane