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Failure = Learning!

by Sue Schnorr on February 25, 2010

Most of us shudder at the thought of failure.

Here’s a new perspective:


It’s a moment in time … not your destiny.”

Check out this interview on 9News, check the ABC affiliate in Colorado. It features TC North, Ph.D., a high performance small business consultant who has also mentally trained Olympic and professional athletes. In this clip, he puts Lindsey Vonn’s recent spill into perspective.

Instead of being discouraged about setbacks, North notes that Olympians have the ability to overcome failure, accept it and learn from it. He draws the analogy of success to a race, and says that Olympians can endure knowing they are in a marathon versus a short sprint. Olympians position failure “as part of the process instead of seeing it as the end of the road.”

Some times it takes a failure, or a performance that doesn’t measure up to our usual standards, for us to take a step back, reflect, and learn. Just as the Chinese use a similar symbol for crisis and for challenge, let’s try to shift gears and equate failure to learning.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could put more of a positive spin on things? How refreshing it must be to develop this Olympic-type ‘teflon coating,’ and let things roll off our backs without being discouraged? Doesn’t it seem better to find a lesson instead of losing faith?

Whether you’re in a job or hunting for one, you’re bound to have ups and downs, failures and successes. As Calvin Coolidge said, “Press On. Nothing takes the place of persistence.”

Next time you face failure, look it square in the eye, reflect on it, learn from it and become a better person because of it. Remember, all learning matters and your ability to learn from mistakes will lead you to more success.

TC North is a superb coach, comes highly recommended and works with professionals around the world. He can help you learn and maximize your success! Visit him at

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