I have joined a fantastic group of ladies, who are involved in a weekly blog project. Every Thursday, we will dazzle you with our insight on various topics. And each week, we take turns coming up with the idea for the blog topic. Please check out their blogs as well, listed under my Blogroll section. Just click on:
Froggie (Tracey): An experiment in knitting, writing- and life
Merry Land Girl (Melissa): Tales of a suburban mom who likes to talk about pop culture, books, Judaism, family, friendship and anything else that comes to mind.
Mom Of Many (Susanna): One Mom’s perspective on life, raising kids, knitting and other unrelated topics.
Recently, Steve Jobs (think Apple computers) passed away from cancer. He was an inventor, and viewed as an amazing man. His message regarding failures leading to success was the background to Susanna’s topic pick this week: Talk about a failure that you have experienced and how that has impacted your life.
I’ve failed a lot in my life. It’s par for the course. I cannot narrow down my failures to just one.
In my opinion, success comes from how you deal with failure. What do you do with it? What have you learned? Is there anything you can carry over? How will you deal differently?
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned recently is that everyone is accountable. That includes me. When failure happens, the human reaction is to start pointing fingers. “It’s HIS fault”. You want to be exempt. It doesn’t work that way.
In order to gain success, you must learn the mistake, and try to amend it. You have to attempt to go another route. If you don’t figure yourself into the failure equation, it will never work!
You also need to move forward from the failure. Don’t let it define you! You are human, and with that comes some of life’s greatest lessons. If you are stuck, take action to get unstuck. You have to identify it, acknowledge it, and then let it go.
Forgive yourself for the failure. Yes, you failed. But there’s nothing you can do to change what has been done. The past is where it’s at, and what you have control over is the choices you make NOW.
Forgive others for their failures. If you don’t, you will live with that.
I’ve also learned recently that it’s never too late to try and make amends, even if years have gone by.
Don’t wear failure like a cloak; learn all you can from your mistakes, and work on implementing that into your life.