Friday, July 19, 2013
It's something we strive for, but all of us fail at. I have yet to meet a perfect person, so don't tell me you've never failed at something. If you've never failed at something, you haven't tried hard enough.
It's what you do when you realize you didn't do something perfect that shows your character. Do you start throwing a fit and demanding everything you want, making others around you uncomfortable or do you gracefully internalize your failure, learn from it and improve on the previous try?
If it weren't for failure, we wouldn't be sitting here, using your computer that runs on electricity with it's own light source. Do you think the makers of your products were successful the first time? We'd still be sitting in the dark using candle light at night if it weren't for failure.
If Edison gave up the first time he tried to make a light bulb, we'd still be in the dark. If Tesla gave up the first time he tried to play with current, you wouldn't be able to light up that light bulb. If Levi didn't keep seeing the pants tear and decide to reinforce them with rivets, we'd still have girls in dresses every day and men in torn pants from hard working conditions.
Some of the best things come out of failure. These people are striving for perfection, but don't give up just because the light bulb fizzled out the first time or the fiftieth.
So what have you failed at? Did you just give up for the week never to try again? What did you learn from your failure and how did you move on from it? Did you make it easier like Ford with his standard size parts for his assembly line to make cars quicker or did you just give up and not show the world what you're capable of?
Will your name go down in history as having failed so much you perfected it? Many investors have more failed objects than successes, so if we're not failing at something, then we're not doing anything. Pick yourself back up after every failure and find a better solution for your next try. Remember that the little computer you carry everywhere used to be the size of a garage, so you can manage to slim down yourself by trying and improving each time you do it too!
We may never find perfection, but we certainly can try to strive for it and improve each time we try!
Today's Holidays: Stick Out Your Tongue Day, Tuskegee Airmen Day, National Raspberry Cake Day and National Daiquiri Day.