Should We Admit Failure? Hey everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing my input on the question – Should we admit to failure? Failure is something that none of us ever plans for, but it is a part of the human condition. As we go through our lives, few, if any, have ever experienced this phenomenon. So as we experience failure, how do we accept it and move on to not admit it?
Should We Admit Failure?
I am not suggesting that when we fail that we broadcast our failure to the world at large. I am telling, though, that admitting defeat is a necessary tool that we must use if we are ever to be successful again.
An admission of failure is a very personal thing, and it should be done with those we have a special relationship with. Often we can find it difficult to admit to those we love that we have failed. It is challenging to accept failure from those who had expected it from the beginning.
To be wildly successful at anything requires us to go into a venture with a narrow definition of what success looks like. If we have not defined success before attempting something, how do we know when to give up on it and try something else?
Most people define success as having a dollar amount attached to it, but it is always not a financial reward that comes with success. Often success is unrelated to finance.
Therefore, as we work in a business, we must be prepared to determine what success in that business looks like. If our success depends on a financial reward, we need to know what we must do to achieve that reward. Otherwise, we are at risk of failure. If, on the other hand, success is determined by the impact that we have on the lives of others. We can not always expect that this success will have a financial reward.
So is it possible then to fail and succeed at the same time? This is the point that I would like you to ponder. As you go through your life, ask yourself what impact you have had on the lives of others. Then weigh that impact on the result that you have achieved. It may not be a situation where you can claim a financial victory immediately. Still, it may also be a situation where you are primed to go forward and accomplish something that will reap a significant financial reward.
It is with this thought that I would like to close this article. I know you have read the books that used this phrase, and I believe that we must all be prepared to live by these words to achieve success. Whether we are thriving now or have been in the past, we are all involved in the process of “Failing Forward”. It is in this common condition that we should all remember to be supportive of others when we see their need for support.
I hope you enjoyed that.