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Failing Enough
Is Crucial to Your Success

by Mark Treick on September 28, 2010

I constantly ask myself these day, "Am I failing enough?" It may seem like a strange question to be asking myself each day, but I think as you read on you will understand my reasoning.

Just the thought of failing can be crippling for some, but in order to keep growing, in business and in your personal life, you need to let failure become a regular occurrence in your life.

One of my passions in life is playing soccer, and I coach goalkeepers at a local university. I train my goalkeepers with these principals: Learn to fail, be prepared to fail enough, and fail often.

Robert Kiyrosaki, in his book Before You Quit Your Day Job, his Rich Dad told him, "Many . . . succeed to a point and then stop growing." He continued, "The fear of failing is the primary reason why so many people do not succeed in life or are not as successful as they would like to be."



I realize this concept sound very negative. Some were not very happy with my teaching that trying to fail at something - anything - was an acceptable way to coach, especially to young adults who are trained to get good grades.

But my goalkeepers buy into this philosophy. They do this because they see the results in accepting their failures. They not only know they are better players because of it, but more importantly, they know that their failures do not keep them from being successful. In fact, they flourish. They see that making mistakes is a natural part of learning. They also realize that in order to grow, they need to take risks. And in accepting that they have to take risks, they also accept that by failing enough they are better players.

I encourage you to do the same thing. Accept your failing, but more importantly, accept that you are going to fail, make a point to be good at it and learn from your failures, and be willing to fail enough. It's really your sure way to becoming wildly successful in whatever you do.

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Wendy MacKay September 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Hey Mark,
I understand your facing the fear, but I prefer to focus on gratitude and acknowledging my success. What have I learned from this experience, and thank you for the lesson. Now, I have succeeded with that it will no longer get in the way of my future success. Or something like that!
Wendy

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Mark Treick October 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Wendy, Thanks for the post. I to focus on being grateful and I want to acknowledge my successes as they come along. What I am saying is that in order to learn more effectively, I have to be willing to accept that I will fail in trying. But it’s fear that keep a lot of people from even trying to learn something new, and many times they do this because they are afraid of failing. Maybe these people have been told at a young age that failing is a negative thing and should be avoided at all costs. What I am saying is that it’s not a negative but part of the learning process that people need in order to improve their lives.

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Jan Robberts September 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Hi Mark and Helen,

In a way,it’s unfortunate but,experience usually comes after failure and not before!
I’ve read before that failure isn’t fatal to your business but quitting is!
I agree with that;When I make mistakes,and I make my fair share of them,I look for the lesson(s)they teach me and am grateful to be able to learn from them and grow.

Imagine if Edison or the wright brothers,Henry Ford,those 56 courageous men in 1776 and many others let fear stop them…or if they never even got started…where would we be today?

Courage is not the absence of fear,but the mastery of it!

It is sometimes challenging to start a project,especially when we think about what could go wrong….or what we haven’t managed to do sofar but,usually we discover that the hardest thing is just to start!

Thanks,

Jan 🙂

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Mark Treick October 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Failure is crucial to your business and its success. Today I worked on a video that in the end gave me the insight that I could do it differently next time or, better yet, not to use that technique at all again!

A month ago I was mustering up the courage just to see my face on camera. I’ve come along way from where I used to be. It’s a small thing to many, but a major accomplishment for me.

I wouldn’t call myself a master of my fears – I still have a lot scaring to do to myself – but I am more in control and not as fearful of failing like I used to be.

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