An Important Message About Celebrating Failure (Not Running From It)
Running from failure is worse than failing to begin with. Here's why...
Of course no one likes to fail - No matter what it is, failing is like watching your heart, your dreams, your pride... everything, go down the drain. But the worst thing you can do is run from the failure.
Meet Sara Blakely. She is the founder of "Spanx" - an intimate clothing company that makes leggings and pants. Her net worth was a billion dollars in 2013. Yes, you read that right - a BILLION dollars. So how did she get so successful?
...By celebrating failure.
Seems like a backwards thing to do, doesn't it? Celebrating failure. But she opens up to Business Insider about growing up and learning to celebrate failures at a young age. You can watch the quick video on Business Insider's Facebook Page here.
In the video, Blakely explains that her father would ask the family what they failed at and then celebrate the failure (like say "good job" or "way to go"). And it changed her definition of failure. According to her interview with Business Insider, Blakey says,
Failure for me became not trying, verses the outcome. So, so many people don't take risks for fear of failure...
...once you redefine that for yourself and realize that failure is just not trying, then life opens up to you in many ways...
She went on to say that she still opens up about her failures - Whether it's something that she 'failed' at inside the company, or if it's just some 'failure' she had in life.
You have to be able to see the positives from each failure. If you get down on yourself for failing at something and then close yourself off, you'll be afraid to attempt something great again. That failure to attempt something is what will ruin you. So to stop all that from happening you have to go back to the basics. If you fail - learn something and embrace it - That way you won't be afraid to fail again, which will in turn make you keep trying. Eventually, it will lead to success.