“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” – Thomas J. Watson
In the past I have been so scared of failure. So much so that I was scared to do my best in case I failed and then that would prove I was a failure. I saw this throughout my education, I would convince myself that if I did not try then I could always blame that when I get the inevitable poor result. Having read (listened) to books by Matthew Syed (would highly recommend all his books), he introduced me to the growth mindset. This has cropped up in my reading over the last few years and I finally got round to reading (listening) to Carol Dweck’s book ‘Mindset’ which has been referenced in so many of the books I have learned from. I loved it, and it has made me believe that failure is absolutely necessary in order to learn and to succeed. Too much of a huge topic to go into here but would highly recommend ‘Mindset’ to everyone.
After yesterday’s post when I put down my new relaxed manner to meditation, it turns out I was still getting to grips with it though:
“I have been struggling for a while with my meditation – mind drifting all over the place”.
I may have felt like this, but I can see from my journaling that I was a lot calmer and focused, so even when we do not feel like we are making progress, we are.