Failure Is an Experiment

by Jerome Shaw about a year ago in success

No one ever really fails

Failure Is an Experiment
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There is no failure. There are only results. I got this concept from Dr. Wayne Dyer and I have used it in my life. As you read this, you will find ways that you can use it in yours. Can you think of a situation in which you thought that you failed? Did you grow up thinking of yourself as a failure? You might have had friends or family members who criticized you for failing? What if your idea of failing changed entirely? Imagine a life where failing is a good thing.

If you do something that doesn't turn out the way you planned, you haven't failed, you produced a result. Failure is another word for an experiment. That's all it is. Think of the times that you have tried and failed. Now, think of them as experiments and see how that changes your approach.

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." ~Thomas Edison

FAIL is an actionable acronym. It stands for: First Attempt In Learning. When you think about it this way, to learn what works, we must fail. The best way to figure out what to do is to figure out what not to do. Your first attempts in learning are your experiments.

The smallest change

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Think about when people play golf. What you are looking for is a millimeter change. You don't always need to change drastically. A small one will often do. You're running a test. Simulating an experiment. When playing golf, you can stand one way, be postured one way, hit the ball one way, and it can go one way. Then you can make the tiniest change in your position. That's enough to send the ball in a completely different direction.

If the ball goes into a sand trap, did you fail? If the ball missed the hole by a hair, did you fail? You just produced a different result. How else could Tiger Woods get holes in one? That's a lot of experience. That's a lot of experiments.

Becoming limitless

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Think of Thomas Edison and the light bulb. He found ways that didn't work, and then he found one that did. He produced a result. The more results that you produce, the closer you get to the desired one. You figure out which results you want and how to produce them again. You don't figure out what works by not failing. You figure things out by doing things in different ways.

If you never have more first attempts in learning, you will continue to do the same things that you have always done. This will ensure you continue to get the results that you have always gotten. Instead of trying to avoid "failure," fail more and fail often! Keep experimenting. Keep producing results and get excited by different ones.

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default." ~J.K. Rowling

Understand that the possibilities are limitless. The amount of results you can produce are limitless. The amount of tests you can run are limitless. The experiments you can try are limitless. The amount of times you can succeed are limitless. For as long as you have life you have a chance to produce. As long as you produce you will "fail." As long as you can fail you will succeed. Fail on my friend.

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Jerome Shaw
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Jerome Shaw

I am a Blogger/Podcaster currently living in Los Angeles. All my life I've been inspired by others and I strive to be that for you. If I can spark even one person to become their greatest version, I know that one day you will do the same.

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