The Importance of Failure

As an Olympic wrestler, I am fascinated with the concept of mindset and how it can affect outcomes. For example, two people might have the same capabilities, and mindset can be the difference between winning/losing, success/failure, achieving a goal/not, making progress in therapy,/staying in pain.

One of my favorite quotes as an athlete was “success is never-ending, and failure is never final.” It took me a long time to understand this quote, but when it finally made sense, it made a big difference in how I approached successes and challenges.

“Success is never-ending.” We’ve all met people who get a little taste of success, and it goes straight to their heads. Realizing that no matter how successful you might be, there is always room for improvement means that you have room to be even more successful! Staying humble is important if we want to keep growing.

“Failure is never final”. A lot of people are afraid of failure and view failure as a bad thing. I do not! Failure is never final, meaning that it is not the end of your journey if you fail at something. True, it may be a big bump or pothole on your road to success, and it is rarely an enjoyable experience. However, if you view failure with this perspective as just a learning opportunity to improve, you are more willing to try something new because you aren’t afraid of failure anymore.

The reality is that all achievement has ups and downs. In my own career, I had very significant failures which seemed catastrophic at the time. Looking back, those were some of the most important lessons and acted as a springboard to allow me to achieve greater success later. I believe this is because the failures that I endured, which were painful to go through, were, in fact, critical learning lessons for my mindset and future success.
Failure is never fun. I encourage you to try and find the silver lining to make the best out of a bad situation. Challenge what went wrong with whatever you might encounter in your life, whether it’s in business, school, sports, or otherwise. Find out what you can learn, so it doesn’t happen in the future, and you will set yourself up for future success.

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