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I find it uninspiring that many people who write about their successes fail to mention the struggles and failures they overcame before reaching success. Instead, these writers focus on what they did right, only talking about the good stuff.
In reality, this makes a great story, but it doesn’t give an accurate picture of what it takes to succeed. Perspective is everything, and leaving out the hard parts causes people to think they can do what someone else did without all the trouble they went through.
It’s okay to fail
For all you parents out there, you’ll understand how resilient kids are. They fall over and they get right back up again. They injure themselves and go at it yet again. If kids could never fail or try again, where would any of us be today?
In some companies, failure can come with dire consequences, like being fired or having compensation taken away. We’re living in a society that idolizes success and detests failure from an early age. This trend follows most people from when they are children all the way to adulthood in their professional careers.
Labels don’t matter
In high school, I struggled. In business, I struggled. Everyone told me I would fail. They were right. I failed and failed. Worst of all, they said it to my face. All in all, that set my expectations up correctly. I failed a lot and was told “no” thousands of times. I eventually dropped out of high school too, but only after my company hit $1 million in revenue my senior year.
Success is built on a foundation of previous failure
I fail as much as everyone does. What’s different about me is that I don’t stop when I fail. When I do mess up, it just means that I failed at something new today. And if you think about it, there’s nothing wrong with failing, so long as you are learning from those mistakes and getting better for next time. I call it “failing a little better every day.” Failure is a natural part of success. Making mistakes is just another step in achieving your goals. We need to change our perspective on failure. Stop avoiding it, stop shaming others who make them, and start looking at what they can teach us about ourselves. Failure helps make success possible. And failure may even be more important than success itself, because it teaches us what to do right the next time.