“Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
But how? What can we do to keep our enthusiasm whenever we encounter some sort of failure or when we make mistakes? How can we handle all those negative emotions like guilt and shame? I believe this is actually the key for success (in this context, I’m referring to success as the feeling of fulfillment in a certain area of life; like family, friends, career, money or others).
A mistake is necessary because it brings a lesson. So the more we do, the more lessons we learn. It’s obvious that it’s not easy because if it was, everybody would be successful, but you know what? Everybody that is successful made mistakes along the way. It’s a requirement. It’s like fire for barbeque. Success (in the definition above) cannot come without mistakes. However, we keep running away from mistakes because we think we cannot handle the negative feelings and other people’s judgement. But we do because we’re strong. We just have a weak mindset that doesn’t allow us believe we’re strong. Moreover, a mistake brings a challenge that is either for handling our own emotions or for handling the judgement. Or maybe it’s a challenge for our creativity and for our problem-solving ability.
The people that went through lots of mistakes recommend us to change our relationship with mistakes because mistakes bring some sort of value in our life.
What is your relationship with the idea of making mistakes?