“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” – Randy Pausch
You are going to fail. It is inevitable. How you handle that failure is ultimately how your success will be defined.
This is not to say that you should be emotionless about failure. I don’t think that is realistic. It’s entirely human to get upset when things don’t go your way. What is essential is that you learn from it and use it to your advantage.
Henry Ford said, “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Ford and Pausch are saying the same thing in different words: when the outcome is less than desirable, figure out where you went wrong and forge ahead. Nobody is perfect, but the people that stand out are those that are able to internalize failure and turn it into a positive. This is so prevalent in baseball, where even the best of the best fail 7 out of 10 times and are considered exceptional. Maintaining a positive mindset and embracing your shortcomings go a long way toward learning from mistakes and failures.
For perspective, Pete Rose has more base hits than anyone who has ever played Major League Baseball. In 14,053 at bats, he hit his way on base 4,256 times . 9,797 times he didn’t. (He also walked 1,566 times, but, whatever…) The point is, even the great ones in baseball fail more than they succeed and are considered phenomenal.
Be like Pete. Well, minus the gambling and…wait, scratch that. Just be you.
Have an awesome Tuesday,
P.S. – If you have time, check out this video. It’s called The Last lecture, given by Randy Pausch. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer just prior to giving this lecture. It’s long, but worth the time.