How do you feel about failure? Odds are you probably run from it like the plague. Yet we all know that we experience failure on a regular basis (some of us more than others).
Consider the bobblehead image above. Look closely at it and see if you notice anything odd.
No, you don’t have to be a baseball fan to figure this out. And no, it isn’t that it looks nothing like the actual Roy Halladay. The odd thing about this bobblehead is that his glove is on the wrong hand.
This would be your basic example of failure. Most of us cringe with examples like this and relish in the fact that we aren’t part of the team that made these little toys. Imagine the conversation they had when someone finally realized what happened.
We run from similar mistakes in our own lives. While I’m not going to argue that we should enjoy failure, I will argue that we need to embrace when it happens and minimize the fear we have of it. Consider how Seth Godin once put it,
“If failure isn’t an option, then success isn’t either. Success is just failure repeated until it works” Seth Godin
Any time you try an idea that has risk, you realize your level of fear with failure. Success should always be our goal, but we must acknowledge that success will usually come after a handful of failures.
You want to be successful? Get ready to fail.