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TheKSChronicles: Fail early, Fail often, fail forward

by: Kerdisha St. Louis - March 7, 2018
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Life is full of change and sometimes like it or not this change comes in the form of challenges and disappointments, often at a time when we are not prepared to or do not think we can handle them. But we learn, as we get older, that no matter how hard we try change is inevitable and change is not always going to be something that we like.

Now in my opinion change can be negative or positive depending on how you view it. Certain situations we may come across in life can seem like a set back. But its during times like this I remember that John C Maxwell once said ‘Fail early, fail often, fail forward’. I know, I sound ridiculous, how can I tell you to fail, or even worse fail often? I didn’t understand either but what will was saying was that failure can be one of our most valuable tools to success. Failure actually helps you recognize the areas where you need to evolve. Nothing in life that is worth having ever comes easy. The only real way that we fail is if we stop trying.

Failure is an opportunity to look at the situation from a different angle and can often times be the reason behind your success. But again it is how you look at it. There will never be a time where all the conditions are perfectly in your favor, there will always be an area where you fail. The key is to keep going. And yes I know it is easier said than done because of all the negative connotations behind failure that society tends to have. We are considered ‘losers’ in the eyes of our peers or family member when we don’t live up to their expectations. What society does not tell you is that some of the most successful people in the world failed so much before they actually became successful. Failure was the stepping stone to their success because they used their failures as the driving force behind their innovation, because let’s face it we never learn to move out of our comfort zone if we don’t overcome our fear of failure.

Sometimes we don’t remember like all things failure is temporary it is something that can only negatively affect you if you let it. We are the writers of our own story and we are the only ones who can make good come from the bad. It sound difficult but sometimes its as easy as telling yourself ‘How can I make this work?’ or ‘How can I be better?’. Your failure is an opportunity to try something new and different. When you know you are doing something that is the right decision for you you must never give up/ Tune in to why it is important for you to stay motivated and surround yourself with like minded people you can help motivate and encourage you. And If you don’t have any of those people around motivate yourself because at the end of the day we go through our failures alone and the successes are because we never gave up on ourselves.