When talking on the subject of failure or mentioning the word for that matter, you will very rarely, if ever, associate it with success. There is good reason for it, the definition of failure is pretty much the exact opposite of success. However today we are going to look at why we should all embrace failure and look at it from a positive angle and use it to help springboard us to success. What do Michael Jordan, Oprah, Walt Disney, J.K Rowling and Albert Einstein all have in common? They failed, many times over in fact.

The key here is to fail forward, learn from your mistakes and move onwards and upwards with more knowledge than you had before. This is not always easy to do, failure can be hard, can ruin your finances, relationships suffer and so on. The best way to look at these knock backs? A massive learning curve! One must stay positive, whatever project you are working on, whether it’s a start-up or creating a new product. If something goes wrong, it can turn your life upside down. On the other hand you can look at it and learn, put a positive spin on it and keep going.

If you are struggling to put a positive twist on a negative event, whatever it may be, you need to remember that some things are out of your control. What is fully in your control is your attitude towards it and how you choose to come out of it. What should be seen as an inevitable, usually isn’t, when starting out to do something you have never done or has not been done before, you will fail. There is this misconception in this day and age that all successful people made it on their first try or they were ‘lucky’. There is an argument to be made that some people get more opportunities than others, there is no denying that. What you make of those opportunities is down to your attitude and your persistence. Persistence is a brilliant word, one of our favourites here at GSY. Persist long enough in the right way and opportunity will present itself and you will be ready.

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Nelson Mandela

As Richard Branson put it, perfectly in fact, “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over.” The takeaway from that statement? Take risks, calculated if possible, read up and research but most importantly, just do!. Fail, fail again smarter, fail again if needed until you get it right. When it comes to something new and unique, you only need to get it right once.


Everyone is unique, therefore will have a different way of doing something. Want to do something special? Just start and fail!


Further reading

Success or your money back – Shed Simove