What Have You Failed At Today?
This is a question that Spanx founder and billionaire businesswoman Sara Blakely’s father would ask her and her family every night over dinner when she was a child.
He didn’t ask, “What did you succeed at today?” or “What was the favorite part of your day?” Instead he asked, “What did you fail at today?” He wanted to know in what areas they needed to grow. What were their challenges? What innovative solutions did they think of or create to tackle these problems. What did they learn from these situations in order to help them grow?
You know, failure can be the beginning of success. Without learning from our failures, we cannot get to the next level, because we cannot learn. The best way to learn is from our mistakes.
When you look at the most successful people in the world and you look at how they got there, you’ll see failures all along the way. And usually the most successful people have had the most failures in their life and have learned from them.
Take Michael Jordan for example. How did he get to be the most successful basketball player of all times? Well, in highschool he was not the tallest kid. In fact when he tried out for the University Junior Team while in highschool, he had the skills, he had the drive, but he wasn’t tall enough. And after tryouts, the next day he went to look at the roster of who made the team, and to his surprise, he was not on the list. Michael Jordan did not make the team the first time around. Well, that fueled his fire and he was determined to make the team. So he started showing up to school early every morning and staying late every single day to practice his skills and to ensure his dedication outweighed his height disadvantage. The next time he tried out, he was going to make the team. And he did! (From an article in behindthehustle.com)
Another example is Albert Einstein. In 1917, Einstein was working on his theory of relativity and was trying to come up with an equation that describes a static universe – one that stands still and does not collapse under the force of gravity in a big crunch. In order to keep the universe static in his theories, Einstein introduced a cosmological constant – a force that opposed the force of gravity.
Twelve years later, Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe is not static – it is actually expanding. So Einstein scrapped the idea of a cosmological constant and dismissed it as his biggest blunder.
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