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Monday, January 25, 2010


Over the past year, the world has witnessed a series of colossal failures: Bank closings, real estate foreclosures, huge corporations going broke...the list goes on and on. Sometimes it seems as if failure is rewarded as in the mega-billion dollar corporate bailouts. For the rest of us average folks, failure can be ruthless and often no fault of our own. And we don't get no stinkin' bailouts. I got to pondering the merits of success and failure and I realized that even though we all would much rather behooves the human spirit to experience failure every so often. Failure can actually be an audaciously good thing and here's why:

1. It didn't hurt Conan O'Brien. He got fired and forty million dollars.

2. Failure is empowering. We gain knowledge and insight from our blunders which provide a powerful incentive not to repeat the same mistakes. 

3. Failure builds character. If we're able to shake off disappointment, renew our determination, accept responsibility and not wallow in self-pity, we become stronger, self-reliant  and more likely to find solutions.

4. Failure can be awe-inspiring. We screwed up. So we're not perfect. Who cares? We're still alive and we've learned things that we didn't know before which makes us wiser and better off than when we started.

5. Failure offers us positive examine what went wrong, explore better ideas or experiment with totally different strategies.

6. Failure gives us accept what happened and move on...or not. We can choose to discard the negative and rise above the ordinary. We can take calculated risks and learn to become fearless.

7. It's part of the creative process. We should embrace failure as one step closer to achieving our goal. Failure encourages us to think outside the box. It spurs our creativity and ignites our imagination. We should capitalize on our mistakes and not be embarrassed by them...unless we're John Edwards or Tiger Woods.

8. Failure separates our loyal friends from fair-weather ones and identifies who we can rely on for support when the going gets tough.

9. Failure gives us a fresh start. It expands our horizons and emboldens us to dump the bad stuff and turn adversity into advantage.

10. Failure teaches us a valuable lesson in survival. We either succumb to the depths of our misery or we regroup, reflect, reinvent and recognize that "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new".....Albert Einstein. Sphere: Related Content

20 comments: said...

Great post. All very true. If only us ordinary folks could reap the fiscal benefits of failure like Conan (and his staff) did..whew. I guess we'll have to settle for spiritual enlightment.

Sarah said...

ten great reasons to pick ourselves up from the floor and try again. so true!

Leah said...

Great list. The virtues of learning from failure are all great but I must say tripping up hurts awfully ... :-(

Tam said...

I would love it if someone gave me millions of dollars to quit my job!

Brenda Grolle said...

Great post! I hope you don't mind, but I just blogged about it and included a link for people to come here to read it.

Boomer Pie. said...

Brenda:Thanks for the plug on your blog...which is very thought-provoking, by the way. I'm not advocating failure but unless we've gone thru it...we'll never know how strong we have the potential to be.

Leah..."Virtues" of failure. Has a nice ring to it!

R.Robyn: yah, but would you REALLY want millions of dollars? HA!

Brenda Grolle said...

You're welcome!

I've heard it said that we learn more from our failures than our successes. I can't remember who said it.

Maybe Thomas Edison?

Molly Potter said...

It's funny because we are taught so early in life with a teacher's pen ticking and crossing our efforts that getting everything right and not making mistakes and failing is what we all need to do. I think failure is an inevitable part of the journey and we learn all the better for it should, indeed, be celebrated!

Janet said...

Romans 8:28 All things work together for good for those who trust in the Lord and are called according to His purposes.

Jody said...

Thanks for coming to visit my blog. I wish that someone would hand me millions of dollars for my failures.
I don't follow like normal. I put your blog in my favorites so I can come visit every day. If I hit the follow button I tend not to follow for some reason. It is just a mental thing I think.
So yes I am following you now even if I didn't hit the follow button make sense?

K.R. said...

Loved this and will make copies for people who really need this to change their lives. Good job, oh creative one.

Douglas said...

Well written, well thought out.

The trick is to fail the right way, as Conan did (he, by the way, only got $32M, the rest went to his staff).

I try not to make the same mistake twice... unless it felt good.

Claudia Medeiros said...

Wise list :)

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a precious comment :)

I loved your blog and I'm sure I'll stop by more often ! I've already added you on my blog list, this way my readers will enjoy your posts, too :)

Have a beautiful and so blessed day !


Kate said...

Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog and joining my followers.
LOVED the rap video... it was great! I thought I was the only nutter in Blogland Boomer but you beat me hands down ...

Cheers from the land of the Tartan Kate x.

Judypatooote said...

So true, so true....Great post, and thanks for stopping by my blog. Your post makes one think... failure is something we can suffer through no fault of our the banks etc....and I feel it is sad to think that Conan or anyone could quit a job and come out with forty million while so many, many people have no jobs, no homes, no food....failure sure did work for him.... judy

J.P. Travis said...

Being somebody who has failed spectacularly and regularly, I can identify with the subject. When I think back to the man I was at 22, before I had my first failure - business and marital at the same time, one leading to the other - I think I was a much better man afterward. I've learned very little from the successes in my life. I've learned everything from the failures.

Marla said...

Great perspective, Boomer

Michael said...

I agree with each and everyone of them, but there are probably ten times more reasons not to fail. Hehehe.

Do you hate it too?
"If you're going through Hell, keep going."

KeLLy aNN said...

Dat is true! I admit, I like a little bit of failure. It sets My course right again.

Fergitude said...

LOVE IT!!! You and I are definitely kindred spirits. On a post coming up, I'm going to direct my viewers to this post. It is fantastic.

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