Failure + Persistence = Success

By Matt Heaton at

How many of us feel the trepidation that goes along with trying to implement a new business, or trying a new sport, or learning about something new, or …. The list could go on forever? Why don’t so many of us try and pursue those things that we want most? I argue that it is out of fear of failure – failure to do what we think we are capable of accomplishing but not 100% positive that we can do it.

Let me help you get something straight right now. You are SUPPOSED TO FAIL! If everyone succeeded at everything the first time they tried it the world would be a pretty boring place. Everyone would be the same. Hard work and ingenuity would mean nothing, and there would be no incentive to learn and grow and improve ourselves. Thank goodness for failure. It gives us the opportunity to succeed!

The one crucial ingredient that many people forget is persistence. Persistence is a hard thing to have, and for many its simply not worth it. I know that 3 years of piano lessons went down the drain because I didn’t have the persistence to stick with it. Every time we fail we learn something – EVERY TIME. If you take that knowledge and use it to try again then success is inevitable. It might not happen the second time, or the third time, but it will happen.

So the next time you hear the little voice in your head saying, “Forget it! I give up!”, just remember that one more try coupled with the knowledge you have obtained by previous failures just might be enough for you to be the big success you always wanted to be!

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