Failing Forward

The First Step to Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell (2000)

“Realize there is one major difference between average people and achieving people.”
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.

Failing Backward Failing Forward
Blaming others Taking responsibility
Repeating the same mistakes Learning from each mistake
Expecting never to fail again Knowing failure is a part of progress
Accepting tradition blindly Maintaining a positive attitude
Being limited by past mistakes Challenging outdated assumptions
Being limited by past mistakes Taking new risks
Thinking I am a failure Believing something didn’t work
Quitting Persevering

The Impossible Question

“If your perception of and response to failure were changed, what would you attempt to achieve?”

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learnings quite as much from his failures as from his successes.  – John Dewey

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