“Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.” – Henry Ford
Firstly, let us define what is a mistake?
It is when you screw up or do something that you know isn’t right.
What is a failure?
It is when you give it your best, but things still don’t go your way. The lessons learned from a failure can move you toward success.
When we come into the world, we first learn from our parents, school, friends…and the list could go on for days. However, from my experience the best teacher in life were my mistakes. I believe, those who make the most mistakes are those who stand to learn the most, that is, only if they can identify the wrongdoing, own up to it and understand the reason behind it.
In life, it’s necessary to fail. There are five powerful lessons we learn from failing. It personally taught me a lot through difficult times.
Failure Lesson #1: Experience
I believe the most important lesson we gain from failure is experience.
The experience of failing at anything is priceless. It changes our thinking through experiencing pain. It makes us reflect on reality and it transforms and improves our future selves.
Lesson #2: Knowledge
Thomas Edison famously failed nearly 10,000 times to create a commercially viable electric light bulb, with each failure, he gained the knowledge of just one more avenue that didn’t work. It was the accumulated knowledge developed from nearly 10,000 failed attempts that ultimately led to his success.
We gain knowledge from each time we fail, which can be used in the future to stop those failures from happening and causing us so much pain.
Lesson #3: Resilience
In order to achieve great results and be successful we need to understand resilience, because if we think we are going to succeed from the first time then we are setting ourselves for more painful disappointment. Failing in life helps to build resilience.
Lesson #4: Evolution
Life has taught us that we should grow and improve. When we don’t succeed, we grow and mature. We reach deeper understanding about ourselves and what is our mission in life. Without growth we can’t progress life on every aspect of life.
Lesson #5: Value
Value is the key to success.
Values are a key component of how we think, what we believe and how we show up in the world. When you create your life and business based on what you value, you experience greater connection and passion.
When you learn to create value, then you will eventually succeed.
I love saying this because it conveys an essential truth: Failure is not a bad thing. It is a guaranteed and inevitable part of learning.
Without failure, we’d be less capable of compassion, empathy, kindness, and great achievement; we would be less likely to reach for the moon and the stars. It’s through failure that we learn the greatest lessons that life could teach us.