Learn to Fail
By Ryan Leker (Director of Operations at Fuel For Fire)
I love failing. Not so much the act of failing, but what can be learned from it.
Failing lets you know you maxed out your potential; you reached the precipice of your abilities and attempted to climb even higher. You worked hard to get to failure, enjoy it while you’re there…and then get back to work.
Every failure is an opportunity to learn where your limits lie and how to expand them. We should use the experience of failure as data point. Failure is an objective exposure of inadequacies and it is from failure we learn what was done well and what needs work.
You will never know where you are until you have reached your limit. You know what it took to get to that point, and if you know where you want to go, then you’ll know what you need to do to get there.
Do not believe “everything happens for a reason.” Believe in cause and effect. Put in the work, sow the seeds and reap the harvest. And if it doesn’t rain, get a hose.
Success is fun. Ultimately, success, at whatever we choose, is why we fail, and it is along the path to success that we experience failure. Once we reach the success we’re working towards it is easy to look at our achievements and try and repeat them. Repetition however is not improvement, set a new goal and begin anew, down a splendid failure-laden journey to achieve it.
When you are building to a max lift, keep going until you fail and you will truly know what your max is. Run your race as hard as you can, work with a purpose, love with everything you have.
And if you fail, be proud of what you achieved up to that point. Then take responsibility for what happened, look at where you fell short, decide it’s no longer acceptable, and don’t let it happen again.