“Failure itself is not the secret to succeeding. Learning and improving by trying and doing, or learning from failure, is the secret to succeeding as an entrepreneur.” – Becky McCray, Small Biz Survival
You could replace the word “entrepreneur” in today’s quote with just about anything – spouse, parent, friend, employee, employer – anything, and it would still be true.
Funny thing about failure – it is the often a huge source of regret and fear. However, when we do have successful moments, it usually comes through doing it afraid and carrying with us lessons we learned from past failures. Amazingly enough, after we have made it through a particularly painful experience, many of us would say the silver lining included valuable nuggets and a new, fresh perspective.
The old adage “that which does not kill me will make me stronger” keeps coming to mind. It reminds me that many have been in similar situations of fear and apprehension – and they are now selling their success story on Oprah. While I appreciate their wonderfulness in their own right, I will not be convinced that they possess a secret I do not. Instead, I choose to believe that, like me, they walked along life’s journey, leaving bread crumbs behind them and picking up shiny rocks ahead of them.
Today, I want to encourage you to not fear failure. Instead understand they the greatest thing you can do is learn and leave a fingerprint in all those things in which you find value in your life. Failure is not the enemy – becoming unteachable is.
We all need a few great friends!
This past week has been a wonderfully bittersweet one. It culminated in what will most likely be the last first birthday I ever throw.
For a mom, this is the time that makes you wonder in amazement at the growth of your children. It also breaks your heart.
I am very grateful to those fun women that celebrated that day with me – not the least of which was my mom. They understood and they didn’t allow me to dwell. Instead, they helped to create an environment that was fun for the kids and the moms as well.
We are all blessed with some really great friends. They show up and show out at the most wonderful times!
Today’s quote was found at Becky McCray’s Small Biz Survival