I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something.
My Facebook feed, Instagram, heck, even my Pinterest boards have become inundated with quotes about failure.
“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis
“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success." – Robert T. Kiyosaki
“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad
I could go on. Quote after quote by one brilliant mind after another telling me that I should surrender and embrace the fail.
It’s not that failure is something that I fear necessarily. It’s just never been something that I’ve gravitated towards. I’m a mum, after all, and the peace of the house hinges on me holding it together. All the time.
Even on those worst of the worst days when I’m about to implode into a sad teary puddle, having been conquered by the little people who run my life, I’ve become very good at faking it. You would need to know me very well to see where the cracks are.
But life is life and business is business and when it comes to business, my social media streams are reminding me that failing is just about one of the greatest resources I can have in my toolkit.
One of the key lessons that I have learned by studying the great entrepreneurs that have walked before me is that failure has always been the critical precursor to the winning formula. Whereas an unsuccessful startup will see a fail as a reason for surrender, the Steve Jobs’ and Richard Branson's of the world use it as critical data on what they need to change in their prototype before they can come back to market with a more superior product. It’s a process that they repeat time and time again until they get it right. Yes they fail, but they fail forward, learn and grow.
Do I love the idea that I will fail, probably multiple times, until I get it absolutely perfect? Not particularly. Do I just wish I had the Midas touch? Most definitely. But I also know that by falling over a few times, and learning from my stumbles, I will have the best tool at my disposal to ensure that this beautiful community that we are building is providing the best possible support to all the amazing mummas in our tribe.
So failure, here I wait with open arms. Maybe not entirely ready, but completely at peace.
How comfortable are you with the idea of failing? Are you ready to fail forward in order to get your business going and to the next level? I would love to hear your thoughts. Hop on Facebook or send me an email and let me know how this whole idea sits with you.
Be Brave, Live Fierce
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