Why there is no such thing as failure (and it’s actually good for you)
Failure is not a word you often associate with success, but it is referred to by many successful people as part of the reason for some of their greatest achievements. Rarely do you see the trials and tribulations that successful people go through and the challenges they overcome to reach the heights they do. However, the road to success is never as straightforward as you think and failure is often a necessary part of the journey. There are three celebrities who come to mind who have proven that there is no such thing as failure and why “failing” can be good for you.
Richard Branson teaches us that failure allows us to identify new opportunities.
Did you know Richard Branson launched 14 businesses that “failed” (Virgin Brides, Virgin Digital, Virgin Flowers and more)? Not a bad statistic at all, considering the guy has created more than 100 businesses since he was 16. Richard Branson says he believes that mistakes are an important part of the journey. He was quoted as saying “Businesses are like buses: there is always one after the other… My teams and I do not allow mistakes or failures to deter us. In fact, even when something goes wrong, we continue to search for new opportunities.”
Failure allows us to identify new opportunities.
Tony Robbins teaches us that failure builds emotional muscle, empathy and compassion.
Tony Robbins is known for helping people create breakthroughs in all areas of their lives, including relationships. I heard Tony speak at the National Achievers Congress in Sydney earlier this year where he mentioned, very briefly, the failure of his first marriage – only he didn’t refer to it as a “failed” marriage, like others might.
Relationships are built upon shared visions and values, among other things. Sometimes people’s visions and values change, which is why not all relationships can go the distance. It does not mean that either person is a failure. In my opinion, the real failure would be to continually compromise who you are to the determinant of your values, health and wellbeing (which can happen if you continually feel like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole).
Tony and his first wife separated after 14 years of marriage. The “failure” of Tony Robbins’ first marriage makes him more relatable. He can draw on his personal experience, as well as the knowledge gained from working with people from all over the world for more than 25 years, to help others. The relationship strategies Tony shares have certainly helped many people restore their relationships. He too is now in a relationship with someone who shares his vision and values.
Failure builds emotional muscle, empathy and compassion.
Katy Perry teaches us that failure allows for growth and insight.
The road to super stardom certainly wasn’t easy for Katy Perry, but it’s one on which she bounded from failure to failure until she reached her dream destination. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Katy Perry movie, Part of Me. In the movie Katy candidly speaks about her failed record deals and struggle to make ends meet as a 17-year-old former Christian singer making her way in LA. For Katy, failure was never an option. Yes, by societal standards, she failed several times.But did that stop her? No. Can you imagine if she gave up after the first record deal failed? There’d be no Roar, no Dark Horse, no California Gurls, and no Michael-Jackson-record-breaking albums, that’s for sure! Katy freely admits that her music is based on personal experience. I say thank you Katy, for being so strong and open and creative!
Failure allows for growth and insight.