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“I’ve failed…again!”

Congratulations! You’ve joined the ranks of all true successes in the world who have, as part of their success, had to learn to practice the fine art of failure.

As Charles F. Kettering said,

“It is not a disgrace to fail…Learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the great arts in the world.”

And Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote,

“Meet your failure nobly and it will not differ from success.”

 To “fail intelligently” means we have the courage to listen to the failure and let it teach us. We emerge a little wiser.

To fail “nobly” means we respond to the failure in a way that helps us open up and grow as a person, rather than shrinking and closing down.

 To fail or not to fail is not the question. We don’t have a choice. We all fail.

In fact, some of the greatest successes got there through a long succession of failures.

Real success at anything involves learning how to get really good at failure.