Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why Failure is Actually a Good Thing by Christina Barron

Nobody likes to have that word applied to anything. Be it themselves, a plan, an intangible concept - anything. The word failure automatically makes your heart start to split.

But it doesn't have to!  

A couple of weeks ago, one of my speech and debate club's coaches shared a very interesting article with all of the students, titled "You've fallen 99 times? You're hired!" written by Brandon Marshall. Read the full article HERE. She shared it, not to point out that some of us are less successful speakers and debaters than others - but as a note of optimistic encouragement meant to inspire us. 

The article talks about how employers should prefer job applicants who have fallen 99 times and only succeeded once over the ones who have succeeded 100 times. But why would an employer want to hire "failures"? 

Basically, failure can be a good thing. It is a sign that you actually bothered to take risks. Most people would much rather play it safe and stay in mediocrity rather take a risk that will either have them labeled a “success” or “failure”. An example of this would be not taking the SAT or ACT at all just because you might get a less than fabulous score. You will never know the results of that “might” until you take a risk and try! Yes, it could result in “failure”, but it could also result in “success”.

By taking a chance and exposing the possibility of failure, you build your strength and character by exercising determination. When all you do is succeed, you’re not risking or accomplishing anything. All you are doing is staying cozily preserved in your warm comfort zone. But to grow, you have to get out of that zone and try something new, which could quite possibly, result in failure.

So, next time you take a risk and fail, instead of throwing a pity party and giving up; simply pick yourself up, learn from your mistake, and keep trying. Failure is a good thing because it causes you to take risks that grow you into a much stronger person than you would be if all you did was succeed. 

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