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Quote from Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

Oct 17th 2010 at 2:13 PM

I hear a lot that I should not take failure personally; that I should look at it as a growing experience.  My mind understood that, but my heart didn't.  That was, until I read the following paragraph from Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell:


"...[people] allow failure to get the better of them emotionally, and it stops them from achieving their dreams.  ...Failure can be very painful--sometimes physically and more often emotionally.  Seeing part of your vision fall flat really hurts. And if people heap ridicule on top of your hurt feelings, you feel even worse.  The first important step in weathering failure is learning not to personalize it -- making sure you know that your failure does not make you a failure.   ...For many people the pain of failure leads to fear of failure.  ...That's when many people get stuck in the fear cycle.  And if fear overcomes you, it's almost impossible to fail forward."  from Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell


Wow.  That makes sense to me.  I don't want my failures to stop me from living my dreams.  My actions may fail, but that does not make me a failure!!  Powerful stuff.  I look forward to learning more from this book and moving forward by 'Failing Forward'.

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