451 - The Value of Failing

Posted May 2, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 451

Episode Title: The Value of Failing

We’ve all failed at something. It’s disheartening to fall short, but there’s a hidden value in this experience. Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.


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Hello and welcome to The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host, Mark Perna, and today I want to talk about something all of us have experienced: failure. Yep, we’re going to start our week on a great note! 


When you’re actually there in the failure, facing the obstacles that seem insurmountable, it’s hard to even think about turning things around. But it can be done. I’ve proved it. 


I’ve failed in almost every area of my life. My mistakes have sometimes been spectacular, if I do say so myself. 


But here’s the thing: I don’t know of a single successful person who never failed. What makes them successful is that they don’t camp out in their failure. 


Failure is how we learn. This has been demonstrated in the academic realm; we learn more from getting something wrong than we do from getting it right the first time. 


I believe this underlying principle applies to every part of life. When things are going smoothly, there’s little motivation to make changes and expend effort in the areas that need it. 


But failure has a way of grabbing our attention, doesn’t it? That’s the value of falling short: it can’t be ignored. And once it has your undivided attention, your failure can spur you on to better things.


Tomorrow: so you’re dealing with a failure of some kind. Do you pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, or do you need something else to get past that mistake? I’ll share my experience on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. We’ll see you then!

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