5 Celebs Explain How Failure Has Made Them Successful - SalesStaff - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog
You know the saying: “It’s just as important to define what you don’t want as it is to know what you do want.” Often the only way we close in on a desired outcome, or “success,” in life is because we stumble down a lot of pitch-black back alleys on our way. Nearly every successful person knows that tomorrow’s wins are seeded in today’s so-called failures.
Failures are full of information
Duke University professor and author Henry Petroski researches the role that failure plays in engineering design. He knows that failure is loaded with helpful information. When something doesn’t work as planned, the inherent weaknesses are revealed and we course-correct by strengthening those areas.
Failure also humbles us, keeping overconfidence and cockiness in check. If we become too complacent, it’s easy to sacrifice thoroughness and make the careless mistakes that lead to eventual failure.
Failures force you to be more creative
Sir James Dyson spent 15 years creating 5,126 versions of his first Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner before coming up with a model that worked. His multi-billion dollar company became known for its creative, forward-thinking designs. “You don’t have to bother to be creative if the first time you do something, it works,” Dyson told Entrepreneur.
Mistakes encourage you to be more of who you are
In a 2013 commencement address at Harvard, Oprah Winfrey spoke of her lowest professional period when just the year prior, her network appeared to be a bust. Winfrey shared the internal process she experienced when deciding to commit herself fully to turning it around. Her inspiring takeaway was, “There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
In line with Winfrey’s belief that “mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are,” Jay-Z appeared on Oprah Presents: Master Class and spoke of failure in his life. By striving for commercial success and mass popularity with his second album, Jay-Z doomed the project: “It was a huge learning lesson for me that if I was going to be successful, I had to be successful with myself… I had to do what I believed in and what felt real to me and true to me.”
Failing a lot frees you from the fear of failure
In her 2008 Harvard commencement speech, J. K. Rowling admitted that at one point in her life, she was an epic failure. She was living out the biggest fears that both she and her parents held for her. But Rowling credits her “What’s the worst that can happen?” period as being the very thing that relieved her of her fear of failure. It allowed her to direct all of her energy toward what mattered most to her: writing the stories that eventually became the Harry Potter novels. Had Rowling enjoyed earlier success in life, things might have broken a different direction for her. “I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized.”
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