“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
― Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash was on to something. Failure is more often than not, a fact of life. You fail a test, you fail a recipe, you fail in a relationship, but a failure does not make you a failure. It can make you more aware, more savvy and more prepared for round two.
Sadly for some, failure is the end of an attempt at something. I've seen some pretty talented people fail at something they have dreamed of for years only to cast their dream aside as unreachable.
So many of the greatest accomplishments in the world came after repeated failures by those involved. Aren't you grateful that Thomas Edison didn't quit on the electric light. Look at some of his wise quotes:
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas A. Edison
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison
Edison, like Ford, Tesla and thousands of other entrepreneurs failed countless times. But, they did not let failure cause them to quit. They used it as a pathway to a new course.
Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. C. S. Lewis
Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Ziglar
No matter where you want to take your business, you've got to believe that you can, you will, you must. There is no plan B. If you fail, dust yourself off and realize that you need to make a course adjustment. When I started out as a real estate investor, I was the only one of my family and friends who had ever taken on that role. There were plenty of naysayers around me, but I could see where I wanted to go. Getting there took years of learning, a few mistakes along the way and many risks.
When I arrived at my destination, the same naysayers who tried to dissuade me now wanted me to educate them. Did I? Yes, some. Did they succeed? A few. Once I handed them the keys to their own success, I cut the cord so I could continue on my way. They couldn't see the how to become successful without a person who had been successful showing them the way. Being a person of faith, I have come to realize you need to see the results before you ever get there. Faith is believing before receiving. That's difficult for some, but in the long run, you'll get their if you do not give up. You can build on failure. It makes success so much sweeter.