This is the final installment in this series, hope you are enjoying it. Much has been written by many writers about how one can mimic the success plan of others in hopes of replication. This is great except for three specific reasons:
- Others habits can only be observed and adapted; they cannot be duplicated. Each of us is unique with different desires and passions.
- Others environments are different, making duplication impossible.
- Individual motivations are distinctly personal, making interpretation significantly different.
With these in mind are there lessons we can learn from various other successful individuals? Absolutely, but you need to make them totally yours, working within your own environment and interacting with your own internal clock. So in this final article we will look at some more areas that we can look at and adapt;
7. Learn from your failures and allow others to do the same
I have a number of stories from scientists to inventors of how they didn’t have failures but rather just found X number of ways of doing something that didn’t work. For example, Sir James Dyson is one in this group. He claims to have built 1,526 prototypes of his vacuüm before he got it right.
Thomas Edison is quoted as “I have not failed; I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
He was also noted for saying: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
I can’t really sum this up much better than these two examples of persistence. Failure is not a destination it is part of a journey of success if done with integrity and immense curiosity.
Self-Task: Sit down with your journal some afternoon and write down examples of where you have stuck to your guns and pressed on through failure to exit the other side with a huge win. Likewise, write down the number of times that you gave up and quit before you saw a value to the process. Now you can answer the question; do I have what it takes?