Challenge yourself

“Failure is the new success”

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I recently read this statement over the net. Evangelizing missteps, the whole learning process turns into success.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thomas A. Edison

To beat your marks in any sport, get rid of negative emotional loads, learn from failed projects and always go one step further… This are some examples of turning missteps into success.

But please! Do not take my words to the sky. I am not of that kind of person that thinks that positive mindset can beat everything in life, but I think attitude is the key for many growing moments in our lives.

Why is this so important?

As an engineer, I have to deal with many challenges in each project, design, printing… Business are always about challenges and failure. It can be a source of shame, a prove that someone is not good or smart enough to properly develope a certain activity or take right decitions.

  • Educators turn failure into teaches.
  • Scientists find on failure the path to the right answers.
  • Entrepeneurs belive that fail is part of the learning.
  • Writers see failure as a temporary condition.

“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.”

J.K. Rowling

Fear to failure

Fear to failure can be a really big force that blows your mind, even pushing you to leave your goals and projects. It can be frustrating and you can be tempted to abandon your dreams.

Otherwise, walking toward your ideas accomplishing challenges, developing yourself in your areas of interest and, even, failing in your learning process, it can be far more rewarding than simply accept your comfortable position, doing what you already know and getting same inputs/outputs once and again.

Making hard choices, trying to find new ideas and accepting you have/will do mistakes, is a very healthy way to find your right path.

If you really find yourself interested in anything, and you would like to find your spot doing that, you should definitively just walk in that direction. Look for information, enroll in courses, workshops, research, learn, fail, try again… Just put all your energies on that. Work hard and keep doing. Remember: failure is the new success.

Article written by:

A Product designer who specializes in CAD modeling, 3D printing and other industrial processes.

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