Failure and success are tied together more than we know. According to a Fortune article written by Jared Lindzon
“Failure is often a critical ingredient on the path to success.”
We invest so much of our time, effort, resources and finances in order to start a business; because of this, it’s hard to fathom failure being a part of the path to success. We often fear failure, whether consciously or not, no one enjoys the feeling of failure. When we learn that it’s not a question of “if” we fail on our journey to success, but rather “when” we fail, we might wind up considering giving up altogether.
Before we let self-doubt tell us to throw in the towel, before we decide there’s no point in continuing to try if failure is inevitable, let’s think about this concept of failure and success. For instance, let’s try to think of a single successful business person who got into the business and became successful without taking some risks and suffering some failures. I personally cannot think of anyone. I can, however, think of many successful people in business who have taken risks and suffered failures.
One businesswoman who took risks and suffered failure is Vera Wang. In a 2015 Business Insider article written by Rachel Sugar, Richard Feloni, and Ashley Lutz, we find out that Vera Wang failed to make the 1968 US Olympic figure-skating team. Even though many people would have been discouraged after this and given up on dreams of success, Vera Wang did not give up. She became an editor at Vogue, but her struggles to success didn’t end when she became an editor. She was later passed over for the editor-in-chief position. Still, Vera Wang pushed forward and pursued success. She began designing wedding gowns and today Vera Wang is considered a premier designer in the fashion industry, and she runs a business worth over $1 billion. Vera Wang is an amazing example of resilience on the path to success.
Another concept we need to consider is that when we do suffer failure and move forward despite it, we become more resilient. Jane Shure wrote an article on HuffPost in 2014 titled “Success Requires Grit and Resilience.” In her article, she quotes Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who says “that it’s resilience, not IQ, that is the best predictor of success.” Let’s think about this for a moment. Success does not rely on where we came from, the depth of our education, or how well we did in school. Success relies on the courage to take risks and the resilience to learn from and move past failures.
If the key to success is resilience, then we should not let self-doubt and the fear of failure keep us from taking risks in our careers. We need to accept the possibility of failure, welcome failure as the learning experience that it is, and let each setback build resilience in us so that we can become truly successful.
I’m the middle child of three. My siblings and I were homeschooled pre-K through High School. I believe my homeschool education and the way our curriculum focused on reading and writing, led me to the love of writing. I’ve been writing for fun outside of school work since I was 10 years old when I decided to write my first book. My dream is to be a published author, successful blogger, and successful freelancer. My ultimate dream is to touch the lives of many with my written words.