Yesterday I wrote about failure and how I secretly like it or at least like how it helps me do things I wouldn’t normally do. I want to buttress that idea today by taking a quote I found in one of the good books I read last summer. Robert Greene’s Mastery. I say Mastery is a good book because most of the ideas, although very good ideas are a bit repetitive if you a fan of Malcolm Gladwell and you have read his book The Outliers back to back.(this is a matter for another day).
Anyway, in Mastery, Greene draws our attention to how most masters in their field were people who mastered failure. He says:
“Think of it this way: There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.”
Greene is spot on in identifying how the fear of failure can either be a handicap or a catalyst depending on how you choose to see it.