Failure? No, it’s just feedback

I think it’s only possible to “fail” at anything if you completely stop. Meaning, you tried something, it didn’t get the outcome you hoped for, and then you never pursued it in any form ever again. But, how often does that really happen. If you take a break because you are frustrated and then come back to it, then it’s not a failure. If you change your approach and try again, then it’s not a failure. We can only truly fail when we stop (in every possible way and forever). If we keep going–even just one millimeter further than we were–then all that happened was that we got feedback. Just keep going.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on September 5, 2018

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