Too many times we fall short of reaching our goals because we tend to quiver in the sight of failure. I know, no one likes losing and failure is synonymous to losing. In many cases we see the outcome of any challenge in two realms; winning or losing. Who wants to lose? I propose an alternative approach. One where there is no loss, we simply win or gain knowledge. Failure shouldn’t hinder you; it should better equip you for success.
Some of the most successful people in our generation found success by sticking to the path beyond failure. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, and Kanye West was told he would never be a rapper due to his preppy presence, by Jay-Z. Today, Michael Jordan is considered (by many) the greatest basketball player of all time. Steve Jobs was rehired by Apple and revolutionized technology. Kanye West has revolutionized music as one of the most transformative artist of our generation. Ironically, he made a collaborative rap album with Jay-Z last year.
What would have happened if any of them had stopped at the foot of defeat? What if they didn’t capitalize on the wisdom they gained from their failure? No ipod, Jordans, or Watch the Throne… The next time you are introduced to Mr. or Ms. Failure, be sure to gain wisdom.