Winston Churchill said it best, “Success if not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” Failure is scary—in fact many people have a crippling fear of failure. However, most successful people have accepted the belief that failure is a necessary part of success.
Did you know that Bill Gate’s first business failed wretchedly? Yes, that’s right, the richest person in the universe failed to make money on his first business. But, he understood that failure was a part of success, and he later said that this failure is what ultimately helped him to create a better product called Microsoft. Thomas Edison attempted 10,000 times before he successfully invented the light bulb. He responded to what most people would consider failure by saying, “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Do not let one, two, three, or even 3,000 misses keep you from trying. It’s very easy to get frustrated, throw up your hands and quit at the first sign of failure, but this mindset will never lead you to success. You must understand that all successful people have failed before, and it’s just part of the process. Do not get discouraged, and remember what your Mother used to tell you, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”