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More on Failure: Why Failure is the Secret to Your Success from bNet


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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. 
Winston Churchill

I found this on bNet: Why Failure is the Secret of Your Success by Suzanne Lucas. The idea of failure as a sure path to success is not what a Tiger Mom believes in and that is precisely what I like about it. Think about the old Soviet Union. Do you remember that the old state run factories were never allowed to go into bankruptcy even when they were failing? Like a circle in hell, the factories were forced to stay open, doing the same doomed operations over and over. Contract that with Apple computer. Without the Lisa, there would never have been the Macintosh computer (or iPod or iPad). Learning from your mistakes is a sure path to success and this article addresses kids these days who are never allowed to make mistakes. And that’s the biggest mistake you can make as a parent!.

p.s. If you like this post, you might like Embracing Failure: It’s the New Success.

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. 
Bill Cosby

The full article is here.

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. 
John Wooden

The key points:

  • What does it take to succeed? Apparently a whole lot of failure.
  • Dominic Randolph, who leads an expensive, top ranked private school in New York City, is concerned about students that have known nothing but success. These kids don’t know how to fail because they’ve never done it. Therefore, when things get outside their comfort zone, or they first encounter people more capable than they are, they have no skills for dealing with it. We talk a lot about hard work, but school grading generally ends up being based on how well you did on the test, not about how much effort it took to get there or how persistent someone was.
  • As Levin watched the progress of those KIPP (a network of charter schools) alumni, he noticed something curious: the students who persisted in college were not necessarily the ones who had excelled academically at KIPP; they were the ones with exceptional character strengths, like optimism and persistence and social intelligence. They were the ones who were able to recover from a bad grade and resolve to do better next time; to bounce back from a fight with their parents; to resist the urge to go out to the movies and stay home and study instead; to persuade professors to give them extra help after class.
  • The ability to bounce back from failure is a key point. But, what if you’ve never failed? What if your parents fix every problem you ever have? What if you never gain this valuable skills? Then you’re far less likely to have true success.  If you’ve never had to try again and again, are you going to assume that the problem is unsolvable if you fail the first time?

 Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. 
Zig Ziglar

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Henry Ford

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3 thoughts on “More on Failure: Why Failure is the Secret to Your Success from bNet”

  1. From my LinkedIn Group Voices of Asian Americans USA:

    I think the most important thing, is what you learn from failure or success. If you fail 10 times and never learn from those failures, you’ll fail 11th, 12th, and so forth. Psychological fortitude dealing with failure is important but learning lessons from failure and success is equally important. IMO, such lessons should be taught and learned early in childhood development because by the time child enters teen years it’s hard to re-shape their character. I heard few months back that a top MBA program(Yale??) was teaching how to fail. By that age, you can teach how to analyze failure but not so easy to change one’s character.

    Posted by Kwan

  2. From my LinkedIn Group Voices of Asian Americans USA:

    I failed so many times, I am due for one success, I hope. 🙂

    Posted by Kwan

  3. I agree. I think learning from your mistakes is just like being on a sports team and practicing. The more you are in that situation, the more you can analyze it, learn from it and improve.

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