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Pushing to the Failure Point

By Randy Gage in Success, Prosperity.

Last post we explored self-esteem and how it affects your ability to admit when you were wrong or made a mistake.  But there’s another aspect of making mistakes that we should discuss.  And that is being so wrong, unprepared, or unqualified about something you attempt – that you produce a spectacular failure.

Everyone is wrong about something once in a while, we all make mistakes, and fail at certain things.  But very few people produce spectacular, public failures on the scale of the DeLorean Motor Company, new Coke, and Google Glass.   The reason for this is because very few people attempt spectacular, public successes.  And you can’t succeed at something bold unless you’re willing to fail. 

It’s almost a trope now for motivational speakers and writers to incite people to fail, fail often, and fail quickly.  But that’s kind of a superficial approach to the subject.  (One I’ve been guilty of myself.)  No one should mindfully attempt to fail.  The universe will provide enough failures for you; it doesn’t need your help on that.  But you’ll never know if you’ve reached the limit of your potential until you fail.  Even then, you only know that you’ve exceeded your limit up until that moment.  That failure sometimes contains the clues you need to reach success on the next attempt, or the one after that.  Once again, the issue of whether or not you have a healthy self-esteem will come into play…

People with healthy self-esteem can have a failure, even a spectacular public one, and not consider that they themselves are a failure. 

Huge difference.  If you believe that having a failure makes you a failure, you’ll never be willing to take the kinds of risks that spectacular success requires.  The people who make it through life without major failures are the ones in the Matrix, living a life of mediocrity.

Contrary to widespread belief, failure is not the opposite of success.  In practical application, failure is often an integral part of the process to reaching success.  Failure is frequently one of the necessary steps in the progression toward success, as it causes you to modify your approach, acquire new skills, seek out additional information, develop deeper wisdom, or develop stronger character.

It is only when you’re willing to risk the possibility of failure that you gain the freedom to produce an extraordinary accomplishment of greatness. 

If you want to win, you must be willing to fail.  But not stay there.  Failure is never final, unless you decide it is.  The people who reach the highest levels of success are the ones who have experienced the greatest failures.  But they didn’t let those failures define them.  They let those failures mold them into someone stronger, smarter, or better in some other way.

Your level of success will be in direct proportion to the level of failure you are willing to risk, modify, and learn from.  How big of a risk are you willing to take?

– RG

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5 thoughts on “Pushing to the Failure Point

  1. Luis says:

    I Know you from a long ago and I´m reading your blog awhile ago , days are passing by and I feel day by day I´m stronger and confident. I´m ready to take massive action, on that path I´d make mistakes surely, however mi reaction would be different at it ,I would take it as a feedback, as a response of life, what do I need to change, to improve, to get rid of, what stuff to learn, what kind of skills to learn? and so on. I´ve been a perfectionist and I understand , I just realized how wrong I was because of it. My vision is different now and at reading this, it confirmed all what I thought it was always correct: making mistakes- which can be considered failure events- are part of the process of aiming success. Thank you for this. I just learnt worthy and valuable things from. I hope to meet you personally one day, because of I´m in direct selling business. My best regards for you.

    1. Randy Gage says:

      Looking forward to meeting you!

  2. david says:

    Richard Branson has had some spectacular failures which he cheerfully admits, but the neat thing is, he’s not known for that.. just for his successes…

  3. If the infinite is infinite, “risk” is relative to what we’re familiar with, and our Prosperity potential!

  4. Hi Randy. Great post. It not easy to push to the failure point. I give up fews times. I learn that when I want to give up, I just need a rest. Then I can push to the failure point.


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