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Making mistakes does not equate FAILING!!!!We live in an amazing time of information, study, and development. Failure has always been a studied topic, but now we are finding out actually how important "failing" is.
OH WAIT...It isn't always failure when you they talk about failure.
Failure is an awful word.
We need to redefine our perception of failure. That word is meant for when you have failed/quit/gave up/it's all over, I NEVER want to get to that point. We must make mistakes, we must correct the mistakes, if we can't correct the mistakes, we must find another way, if NOTHING WORKS...you should've had an exit strategy.
You must never allow failure. You must strategize, hustle, and FIGURE IT OUT!
Choosing failureAre you about to die? Is your life being ruined? Have you exhausted EVERY option?
Time to choose failure. Like I said before, you should've made a strategy for the worst case scenarios, but if you didn't, how can you fail gracefully, and pick up the pieces? I have failed, I have quit at things. I have quit while doing things I absolutely loved doing, but didn't work hard enough to try find a way. The key to coming back is...
"Make it the best thing that has ever happened to you". - Jason Spector
Use the failing moment as a tool of "power". Take it, get back on the grind and mold the new, upgraded, 2.0 version of yourself. But remember, DON'T FAIL. You can come back from it, but we mustfix mistakes, BEFORE we fail! Always have a strategy in place.
Plan = Linear (A-B)
Strategy = A plan that is linear + all directions (A-Z and then some...)
Never AgainI was Arm-Locked and submitted in an important match to me. September of 2001, I was fourteen years old, competing in the "Advanced Teen (Ages 15-17)". I was always exploring challenges, so I though I would risk it and jump up an age bracket and even a weight class (ABC- Always Be Curious).
I was winning by EIGHT points, TEN seconds left, the match is mine, and then... I got caught in an Arm Bar that I had never seen and also, one that I have rarely seen since!!!
>>> Did I fail or make a mistake?
I lost the match, but I believe it would only have been failure if I quit Jiu-Jitsu. I made a mistake! A mistake that would stick out in my mind until this day. A mistake that made me turn a bit crazy and obsessive for a while, similar to "Ray Finkle " (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective), however; NEVER AGAIN was I caught with that technique.
They say that Thomas Edison failed 6,000 times before the light bulb worked.
>>> He did not fail, he made 6,000 mistakes, that he fixed! <<<
Eddie Fyvie - I made 8 mistakes in this blog, but I read through and fixed them : )