Day 1 - There is No Such Thing as Failure. ~ Michael Michalko


1 There is No Such Thing as Failure.
Michael Michalko
We have been educated to think critically and judgmentally, we imagine strong reasons for inaction and then allow it to become our reality, even before we make an attempt.

Our fear is supported by an illusion that it is possible to fail,
and that failure means we are worthless.

The reality is that there is no such thing as failure.

Whenever we attempt to do something and fail, we end up doing something else.

You cannot fail, you can only produce results.

Rather than judging some result as a failure,
ask "What have I learned about what doesn't work?",
"Can this explain something that I didn't set out to explain?",
"What can I do with these results?",
and "What have I discovered that I didn't set out to discover?"

When Thomas Edison was seeking to invent the electric light bulb,
he had thousands of failures. It took him approximately 10,000 experiments
to invent the perfect set-up for the electric light bulb.

Once an assistant asked him why he persisted after so many failures.
Edison responded by saying he had not failed once.

He had learned 10,000 things that didn't work.

There was no such thing as a failure in Edison's mind.

Michael Michalko is a highly acclaimed creativity expert and author
of Thinkertoys, Cracking Creativity, ThinkPak, and Creative Thinkering.



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  1. KJ says:

    This amazing mind shift means I'm opening my heart and changing my definition of failures as things that didn't work. I see the cup as half full, and am charged up and ready to go ahead with my purpose of serving somebody every day to reach their highest potential. Thanks for the inspiration.

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