I grew up thinking failure was a bad thing, I’m sure I’m not alone. From when I was a child my parents told me not to fail, I mean, they wanted the best for me. Failure was treated like a plague. We were told not to fail in school, we were told not to make mistakes at home, we were told to follow instructions strictly in church.
Anything out of it would attract punishment or flogging depends on your parent. And I grew up with this mindset of not failing, I played it safe, I graduated well from school with good grades without any carry overs, I entertained the jobs that were safe and wouldn’t cost me much, and when I ventured into business, I played it safe too.
But now I know better, failure is not as bad as I was made to see it, it’s okay to fail, it’s ok to fall, it’s ok to get it wrong.
There’s a lot to learn in failure than in success. Success they say is a lousy teacher. You won’t appreciate light if there were no darkness, neither will you appreciate success if there isn’t failure.
All the people we were laughing at as failures then because they failed a course or had extra year or repeated a class, please what’s the big deal about it now. They know better, some are even more successful than those of us that played it safe all along.
It’s okay and even great to want success but don’t treat failure as a plague, be open to trying new things, be adventurous to taking risk. No one has gotten anything great by playing it safe. It’s even very boring you’ll agree with me.
This new week is for great things, this new week is for adventure. Try a different outfit, try a different food, take more risk.
Before you die, Live.
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Author: Victor Adeyemo
Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest