How to Fail Successfully

How to fail successfully, according to Inventor Charles Kettering:

  1. Honestly face defeat; never fake success.
  2. Exploit the failure; don’t waste it. Learn all you can from it.
  3. Never use failure as an excuse for not trying again.

As one who sees no failure as a failure, since I see #2 as so valuable, I can’t quite bring myself to make friends with #1. I wonder if such optimism on my part is actually pride in disguise…

Which of the three is hardest for you?

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4 Responses to How to Fail Successfully

  1. Jaimie says:

    3 is the hardest for me. Because I can say, “Hey I failed.” And “Wow, I learned ____ from failing.” But trying again… what if I fail again? What will I have learned then but the same lesson?

    • Monica says:

      The same lesson? I would say that if you learn the same lesson from the second failure as from the first, then you didn’t really learn from the first.

      If you don’t sell the second novel, might it be for a different reason?

  2. Jaimie says:

    (Specifically having written 1 novel and not been able to sell it. What a waste not selling the 2nd one would seem.)

  3. SUZANNE says:

    Jaimie,
    writing a novel, completing it? Are you kidding!!!! What an accomplishment in itself!
    The hardest part is over! Keep writing. You have already realized it’s in you.
    Don’t forget what drove you to write in the first place. I’m guessing it wasn’t the need to have someone read it, but because you had to write it. Be true to who you are and don’t look back. Keep writing!!!!!!!!

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