"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." That was Winston Churchill who said that sometime early in the 1900s. The incredible thing is that it is still just as sound advice today as it was back then. That's because failure is simply a part of life. Just as success is not guaranteed or permanent, so is failure. So if it's so common and happens to each and every one of us then why are people so scared to fail?
Surprisingly, there are surprising benefits of failure. We know, it does sound crazy! But stick with us for a minute, let us explain. First off, failure teaches us lessons. Learning what not to do is just as important as learning what to do. It may sound like old advice but learn from your failures.
Failure keeps us hungry and humble. Though it doesn't always seem like it, failure is a great motivator. It also helps us overcome fear. What is it that we're afraid of most when we don't leave a job we hate? It might just be that we're afraid of failing. But the thing is that once you have faced failure it gives you the confidence stand back up and try again.
And last but perhaps most importantly, failure recommits us to our goals. Personal setbacks can be clarifying. It can give us a new sense of purpose and live more intentionally. So go on, go ahead and fail.