When Failure Doesn’t Mean You’ve Failed


I have a very difficult time accepting failure. In my personal experience, I’ve found that when an endeavor (artistically, business, relational, etc) on the surface appears to have failed, the tendency is to immediately dismiss it as less than successful.

Having been born into a family of educators and being gifted with the spirit of teaching, I find that what we instantly consider a failure, has more to do with the following:

1. Knowledge
2. Wisdom (the practical application of knowledge)
3. Willingness

Consider the possibility that your ability to do better is limited by the amount of useful information you have. Don’t assume that your perception is definitive. I can’t tell you how many times I THOUGHT I knew, and then found, via studying, good teaching and/or experience that what I once swore by, was actually skewed.

Once knowledge is accrued, implementing that information, daily, consistently, translates to wisdom.

Ultimately, however true the above statements are, individuals must unbiasedly assess their personal desire to achieve stated goals. On many occasions, we’ve all talked the talk but have failed to walk the walk. As my good friend says, “The proof is in the pursuit”.

So, before you resign something to have failed…before you wave the white flag and surrender…consider your perceived failure as a window of opportunity to approach old problems with fresh perspective.

Don’t run from or bury people and things because past methods yielded little to no fruit. Continue to thirst after innovation and watch your circle of influence increase…to bless your life and those entrusted to you.

-Thaddeus Ford

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