Success by Failure

December 21, 2011

“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill

Succeed by failing?  Does that sound a little odd to you?  It did to me, even though I have even taught the concept – just not in those words.

Jeffrey Stibel who is Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. and author of Wired for Thought has an article in the Harvard Business Review blog where he talks about how important it is within their company to advance through failure.  Advance through failure – again a little hard to swallow?  Doesn’t the TQM mentality demand we get it right every time?

Actually, Mr. Stibel talks about how you learn and grow through failure.  Also, because we fear failure, fear embarrassment ( a pride issue), we don’t want to upset the boss and etc. we don’t stretch, we don’t fully innovate, we hold back and play it safe.  When we hold back due to failure, we are not giving it our all, we are not fully engaging our creativity in our endeavors.  We are missing out on the wonderful things we could be doing and contributing due to fear.

Mr. Stibel actually requires failure in his company.  Interesting concept.  Why don’t you go out and fully engage in whatever God has called you to do wholeheartedly and without fear of failure.  Fall on you face, then pick yourself up and dust yourself off and then learn from what happened and get better and truly make a difference!

BG