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November 20, 2017

Failing Backward vs Failing Forward

Failing Backward vs Failing Forward

Look at the way any achiever approaches negative experiences, and you can learn a lot about how to fail forward. Read through these two lists, and determine which one describes your approach to failure:

Failing Backward

  1. Blaming others
  2. Repeating the same mistakes
  3. Expecting never to fail again
  4. Expecting to continually fail
  5. Accepting tradition blindly
  6. Being limited by past mistakes
  7. Thinking, I am a failure
  8. Quitting

Failing Forward

  1. Taking responsibility
  2. Learning from each mistake
  3. Knowing failure is a part of progress
  4. Maintaining a positive attitude
  5. Challenging outdated assumptions
  6. Taking new risks
  7. Believing something didn’t work
  8. Persevering

Think about a recent setback you experienced. How did you respond?

No matter how difficult your problems were, the key to overcoming them doesn’t lie in changing your circumstances. It’s in changing yourself. That in itself is a process, and it begins with a desire to be teachable. If you’re willing to do that, then you’ll be able to handle failure. From this moment on, make a commitment to do whatever it takes to fail forward.

“Maintain a teachable attitude in everything you do today.” — Dr John C Maxwell

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