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

Granted, given the history and scope of Edison's accomplishments, it may be a little difficult to label the famed inventor someone who has failed. But it's entirely possible.

In his own words, Edison denies having ever failed during his quest for the light bulb and electricity. But to the rest of us non-geniuses, "10,000 ways that won't work" sure sounds like a whole lot of failure.

Luckily, failure -- even if you do not label it as such -- can be a beloved aspect of the road to success, something our world's brightest individuals have grown to respect and appreciate.

Instead of being disheartened and discouraged, the smartest and the most successful individuals glean incredible lessons and opportunities from the thousands of ways something doesn't work. They reevaluate and reassess. They refresh their perspective and approach. They gladly take the failure, because it brings them that much closer to accomplishing their goals, hopes, and dreams. Even Winston Churchill made this point, saying, "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

If you choose to pursue something that requires effort, you also, incidentally, choose failing more than a handful of times. Luckily, you will receive bonus gifts on this road to failure: experience, new knowledge, and growth. When something goes wrong, you (and even others who are willing to assess your work) can consider your improvements and mistakes, thus increasing your awareness and capability to do better. Naturally, when you eliminate all the ways that do not work, you will increase the likelihood of finding the one that does.

Above all else, champions of success understand the benefits failure can craft for attaining resilience and a positive mental attitude. Resilience will keep you strong as you endure the less happy parts of following your dreams. A positive mental attitude will keep you following your dreams in the first place.

From scientists to inventors, entrepreneurs and athletes, people of all industries learn to love failure. Even artists do. As poet Nayyirah Waheed said, "Fail splendidly. Fail comfortably. Use failure as a redirect. Not as a measure of your worth or value. Fail beautifully."

Published on: Nov 6, 2017
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