We often assume that other people’s successes have been easily achieved. They must be incredibly smart or lucky to do such great things, right?
In reality, success is frequently the product of failure. Sheer determination to keep pushing past fears and failures is often the quickest road to success. One of the best examples I can give you is the story of the one and only Colonel Sanders, who bounced from job to job before eventually selling his first restaurant at age 65.
Don’t be embarrassed by failure — embrace it. If you’re not failing at something, you’re not stretching yourself. Spanx founder Sara Blakely’s dad used to ask her regularly, “What did you fail at this week?” The result was that failure didn’t become a taboo for Blakely — it was something to be celebrated. That certainly had something to do with her eventual success in life.
If you don’t take chances, you’ll never find out what you’re capable of. Looking for a new job? Want to get an advanced degree or certification? Do it.
Need more encouragement? Here are 10 tips to help you get out of your own way and live a regret-free life:
1. Recognize the Impact of Inaction
We’re often afraid to make decisions because they feel permanent and we want to avoid making a mistake. However, not taking action is its own decision — one that very often turns out to be a mistake anyway. Read more here