Last month, I was a guest on a podcast, According to Michelle on Mixx106Radio.com, interviewed alongside the CEO of SafeHouse Outreach, Josh Bray. In Josh’s portion of the interview, he made an insightfully profound comment that life is about failing.
That statement struck a chord with me, a note so loud that it still reverberates in my mind to this day. Life is about failing.
Culture teaches us to avoid failure—there is a sting and a shame attached to it. But guess what? You’re not fully living your best life if you haven’t failed.
Think about the number of bad relationships you went through in order to find that right person; the number of jobs you tried and lost before you discovered your true genius; the number of financial risks you took before you landed on a goldmine opportunity; the number of mistakes you made before you became experienced, seasoned, more upright and wise.
The truth is, all of us need those hiccups, bumps, challenges, trials and in some cases, tragedies to grow, become and create. Don’t avoid the sting of failure. Be grateful for it. Because that “sting” suggests that you’re trying, that you’re willing to take risks and go all in and try something new.
Failure doesn’t impose shame. Culture does. But culture doesn’t really care about our individual best interest, does it? Culture gravitates and morphs according to thoughts and ideas of people who are flawed at the core and not always true or just. So, the call is to be brave! Bravely ignore what culture has to say about failure and trust a higher and divine source. Trust a source that speaks to and encourages your creative power through all your failure. Know that failure is a sure path to growth and self-discovery, and self-discovery is the genesis of real, authentic leadership.
You’re not living if you’re not failing!
QUESTIONS TO PONDER:
- What lessons have you learned through your failures?
- What was the BEST mistake you ever made? (Initially it looked like a fail but it turned out to be a win.)
- Think of the most iconic leaders you follow. What were their failures and what were their outcomes?
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