Fail Better: The 5 E’s on How to Leverage Failures

What if there is a way to fail better?

Many people are afraid of failing. And for some, they see failure as a death sentence.

But what if we could leverage failures and use it to our advantage?

How might welcoming — even embracing and loving — failure change how we show up in our lives?

I imagine that this would be a game-changer!


Success and failure are two sides of a coin.

Welcome and collect failures instead of resisting and fearing them.

For those who want to achieve success must also learn to embrace the failure.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

– Samuel Beckett


Approach failure with a spirit of curiosity and playfulness.

Imagine yourself an explorer, an adventurer.

See failures as new discoveries and fall in love with the process of finding something you’d never have found had you not failed.

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

-Maya Angelou


Treat your undertakings as experiments.

See what works and what doesn’t. And then figure out the why, so you can get better and do better.

And whenever you can, try to do lots of experiments in a controlled environment to lessen the pressure on yourself.

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

– Thomas Edison


Planning and thinking things over is good and all, but don’t get caught in the trap of overthinking.

Try and try. And then try some more. Never stop trying things out.

It’s only when we take action that we can get proper and relevant feedback, so that we’ll know how to best move forward.

If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

– Franklin Roosevelt


Wear your Observer’s Hat and see your failures (and successes and what’s in-between) with curious and objective eyes.

See the event as is and release the impulse to judge ourselves for what we did and did not do.

Above all, leverage both your successes and failures by seeing the opportunities to learn, grow, and evolve.

I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understanding that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.

– Tony Robbins

To end, let me offer how I’m choosing to see and redefine what it means whenever I fail…

Whenever I fail, it just means that I Found Another Important Lesson that I can bring with me as I continue to go through my life’s journey.

How about you?

How are you choosing to see and redefine what it means for you whenever you fail?

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Nothing is ever wasted, so honor the contrasts in your life

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Snail’s Pace: The Growth Process

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