Dirty Dozen #8 – Failure

by Rajesh Setty on October 20, 2009

dirty-dozen-failureThe earlier posts in this series are as follows:

  1. Dirty Dozen #1 – Luck
  2. Dirty Dozen #2 – Status Quo
  3. Dirty Dozen #3 – Complacency
  4. Dirty Dozen #4 – Mediocrity
  5. Dirty Dozen #5 – Indifference
  6. Dirty Dozen #6 – Impatience
  7. Dirty Dozen #7 – Common Sense

Today’s word is “Failure.”

Dictionary definition:
Lack of success

Whatever you do, in that, you either succeed or you…. LEARN.

One again, you might have noticed it above – the keyword is NOT fail but Learn!!

Think about it. However smart you are – it’s hard to get 100% of your decisions right.

If you agree, the next question – “What percentage of your decisions can you expect to get it right?”

Just to keep things simple, let us say you get 50% of your decisions right. This means that the other 50% of your decisions will be wrong. That is pure statistics. So every time you end up in a situation in the other 50% (the wrong category) you end up putting the “failure” label and lose time worrying about it giving you less time to capitalize on the “right” decisions and grow. You are creating a huge opportunity cost for yourself.

As the old saying goes, “It is not about falling down but bouncing back every time you fall down that matters.”

Since you can’t be immune to failure, you might always learn from it. If you don’t you lose twice – once from the failure and once from not being able to learn the lesson that failure is trying to teach you.

Whether you accept it or not, failure is an integral part of the game of life. You can’t change it. However, if you do accept it, you have a new source of power as you can bounce back quicker from your failures. This will instantly provide you with some “extra time” focus and further increase the chances of success in the near future.

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Illustration by Ming. Ming is the creator of the Fantasy Story webcomic. He is also a freelance illustrator, designer, painting instructor and occasional luxury car salesman. Ming is based in Penang, Malaysia. You can find him on twitter @Artmaker

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