Motivational Monday - Harness the Power of Failure

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Motivational Monday - Harness the Power of Failure

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy.

In the pursuit of success, failure is inevitable. Top business leaders in every field will tell you that they are most inspired by someone telling them that they can’t do something. 

Tenacity is one of those inner-most motivators that many successful people will admit to being ignited when they hear, ‘You can’t do that.’ The negativity sparks a flame within those who are driven and tenacious; that flame rarely ever burns out when there is tenacity involved!

Failure, A Large Part of Success

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” —Denis Waitley

Business & executive coaches will often encourage their students to take risks and encourage them not to hold back in new endeavors. That is akin to saying, “Go ahead - make lots of mistakes!” The connotation is far more positive but, when you take risks, you often do make mistakes.

Bear in mind that these mistakes make you stronger and are the perfect foundation for success.

With business leaders, recognition that failure is inevitable is key. Plotting your process of recovery with each failure and following through with that, is what builds true strength. Remembering to dissect each and every failure is a ‘requirement’ as you move towards success.

“Most great people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” —Napoleon Hill

Sure, we will all fail at a few things along the way but, it is worth taking thoughtful risks and embracing failure when it happens. Why? Because we know those missteps enable us to iterate and grow as a business owner or team.

Viewing failure and recovery as one of life’s challenges - not a threat, not a negative - is something in which those with a propensity to never surrender, excel. Embracing failure is a game-changer! Harness the power of failure - you’ll likely learn more from failure than from any other source of wisdom you’ll experience in your life.

Fundamentally, your life and career are made up of many small but, inherently important choices: you’ll make the right choice sometimes and other times, the wrong ones.  Knowing this can help to ensure that you maintain a necessary perspective and don’t view every failure as a major setback. Failure is a very helpful part of a bigger picture.  

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” —Jack Canfield

©Debe Maxwell, RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 | Motivational Monday - Harness the Power of Failure

Comments (33)

Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You're so right - it is an opportunity to create something even better, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker. We just have to keep trying and never give up!

Dec 07, 2020 08:32 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Michael Jacobs! Indeed - those inner strengths get us through failures and give us the fortitude to keep pushing forward.

Dec 07, 2020 08:36 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

And, you are one motivated woman, Barbara Todaro! You set your mind to something, you get it done. 

Thanks and I hope to see you on our call today (TUESDAY). Here's the link.

Dec 07, 2020 08:39 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I think doubt is the biggest contributor to failure - especially when we doubt ourselves, Hannah Williams! Wipe that away and go for it, I say! No harm at all in failure as long as you keep trying, right?!

Dec 07, 2020 08:41 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you, Kris Collis, Associate Broker! I remember telling the story of Michael Jordan to my son on several occasions when he was playing basketball and lost. 

I would also add the mantra, "Think of all of the learning opportunities from this loss - had you won, you wouldn't be reflecting on the game in the same light." There are so many opportunities in failure/loss!

Dec 07, 2020 08:43 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You know, they say there isn't a successful person who hasn't failed, George Souto. I wholeheartedly believe that!

Dec 07, 2020 08:44 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Kathy Streib! It is absolutely how we adjust and grow and we absolutely need failures to achieve any level of success.

Dec 07, 2020 08:46 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Debe.

I often wonder how many times I will fail each day.  Sometimes I don't, but more often I do.  We'll see what today brings.

Dec 08, 2020 12:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If we aren't failing, we aren't trying anything new. Failure is a must. 

Dec 08, 2020 05:06 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

One of the BEST postings on AR... I remember listening to an interview with Success magazine of the CEO that started Spanx ... The CEO talked about life growing up and her father's insistance in wanting to know what her brother and herself did during school that day.  She stated that he asked "What did you FAIL at, today?"   It was all about working towards success through failure... being a Billionaire she might have learned something by failing.  Thanks  for the posting.

Dec 08, 2020 08:24 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

Fantastic example!

Dec 13, 2020 10:09 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Debe Maxwell, CRS ,

What an excellent post for Motivational Monday! We need failures to teach us lessons on the road to success. Its all what we learn from them that will make the difference. Thank you for sharing.

Dec 08, 2020 02:19 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS, I really needed to read this today. I have been working on something that is so beyond my comfort zone, I have been at it for an entire week now, still, nothing to show for except for some mistakes and I know, I have a very long way to go. Thank you so much for sharing!

Dec 08, 2020 03:44 PM
Sharon Miller
RE/MAX Platinum - Crane Hill, AL


What a terrific post for these trying times. During the "intermediate stages" of selling a property, I look at each setback or interruption during the process, as just another "challenge" towards reaching my objective. Putting this in perspective, I have a small, framed"reminder" sitting on my desk.

          "Successful People, Regardless Of Their Endeavor, Understand 

           The Importance Of Being Able to Finish"!

As a result of the status which currently "envelopes" our nation, those who attempt to meet new challenges, will most likely experience an environment filled with uncertainty, dysfunction and endless delay. Risking failure, in order to achieve ones objective, will solidify the "learning curve" necessary to secure success in our current environment. "Finishing" should be considered a goal. What additional actions can I initiate which will help me reach my objective? Let me end this post with one of my favorite quotes,

"If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride - and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards." 

 Coach Paul W. "Bear" Bryant

Dec 09, 2020 08:07 AM
Lisa Smith
Keller Williams Capital Partners - Worthington, OH
Listings Manager

If we don't fail, we aren't trying...failure is not easy, but it's part of life. It's best to acknowledge it and recognize what we could do differently so as not to do it again!  And THEN we can succeed :)

Dec 09, 2020 08:09 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

wonderful post.

Dec 09, 2020 09:29 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Thank you for posting this

Dec 09, 2020 03:11 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Oh Debe,
I have a wonderful story of how failure led to one of the greatest successes in my life.  It always makes me smile... and puff my chest just a bit.  LOL

Dec 12, 2020 06:14 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - No Risk-No Gain, No Guts-No Glory!  Do something great and if you fail try again with what you have learned.

Dec 12, 2020 07:00 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Try and try again, failure almost always comes first. Your tenacity will show you who you are. Don't be afraid of trying, trying is a way to solve problems and at the end succeed.

Dec 12, 2020 07:15 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Getting back up, brushing the knees off and moving forward again after failing is key to success, have done it a few times! Fantastic post, thanks again for the timely message Debe.

Dec 13, 2020 10:07 AM

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