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Why Failure Doesn’t Exist

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What is failure?

According to Wikipedia, failure is not meeting an objective. The definition depends on the context and belief system of the person that experiences it.

Being afraid of failure holds many people back. They are scared to try since that opens up the possibility that things will not go as planned.

If you try to become rich, there is always the possibility that you will not get wealthy.

If you try to become a world-class athlete, there is always the possibility that you are not talented enough or some obstacles will get in your way.

Whatever you try to do, there is a chance of not reaching the goal.

Does that mean that you shouldn’t try? Absolutely not, and here is why.

In order to live a meaningful and exciting life, we have to dare to go outside our comfort zones. Challenging ourselves excites us the most and opens up the greatest possibilities.

If you try to achieve something easy that is within reach, you can reach your goal and have a higher chance of getting there, but you won’t accomplish something that genuinely exictes you. That is why you have to think big. You know the cliché old saying, but it is true:

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

Failure can only happen if you stop trying. If you don’t stop trying, you are only finding ways that don’t work and probably getting closer to your goal. You may have to adjust plans along the way, but if you never give up, failure can’t happen.

There are lessons to learn when things don’t go as we planned

“Failure doesn’t exist” — Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant looked at failure as a possibility for learning and bettering himself. When something doesn’t go the way we want, we can actually stop and have the chance to reflect and adjust our behavior. Therefore, failure is actually a good thing! It opens up new possibilities and new learning opportunities.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison

The best performers don’t recognize failure. They think it doesn’t exist. If we all apply this mentality to our lives, we will stop contemplating mistakes and instead use our experiences to become better.

What is next?

We can all tap into a mindset where failure doesn’t exist. You could call it “what is next”?

Failure evaporates by constantly thinking about how you can do better, improve your relationship, your business, etc. Why? Because then you take the learning skills from bad situations and use them to become even better.

To perform excellently at anything, you have to stop thinking of failing.

We often spend time pondering about bad experiences and mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. That is life. Now, what is next?

Failure is a false construct that puts pressure on those who dare to work towards their goals. Failure exists only for people who are too preoccupied with what others think of them.

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