Keep failing forward.

Terri Maxwell once said that failing forward is the key to success.

“To achieve your highest potential, you must learn how to fail forward. For the wide majority of humans, life is not easy and we’re faced with many challenges. How your perceive and respond to these challenges determines your ability to succeed,”

“For the wide majority of humans, life is not easy. We certainly have times when it feels as if nothing could go wrong, but for the most part, we’re faced with many challenges. Challenges viewed as opportunities, make life a giant work-in-progress.” she said.

One of basketball’s great Michael Jordan also said: “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

One of the worst things a person can do after a failure, is to not address the situation. Yes, it is natural to not want to discuss the issue as most people would like to act like it did not happen and move on.

Failing Forward is about losing some of the conditioning we have all come out with, that is the paralyzing fear of failure. Even for the most talented of us there is no question that once in our life time we will fail. It is a matter of when. Once we do, the real question becomes how we will react to it.

The ability to put things behind and move on is important. Tragedies do not have to stop a person from being productive and moving forward. No matter how dark a person’s past is, it need not define or colour their future. People experience either a breakdown or breakthrough.

Never say die. Never be satisfied. Be stubborn. Be persistent. Integrity is a must. Anything worth having is worth striving for with all your might.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane