5 Important Lessons We Can Learn from ‘Failure’

Failure is inevitable. You are going to experience it many times in your life. However, it’s what you take away from it that really determines whether you failed or not. While it can be hard to go through, there are many important lessons that you can walk away with. Some people choose to let failure hold them back. But the most successful people see it as a learning opportunity.

Know your motivating factor.

Often times, we fail because we’re doing something for all the wrong reasons. We don’t feel personally invested in the outcome. When you’re thinking about your goals, understand the reason behind them. What’s motivates you to do something? If there’s nothing you can come up with, it’s time to reevaluate and redefine your goals. You won’t get very far when you can’t motivate yourself.

Hard work will eventually be rewarded.

Sometimes, it may seem like no matter how much hard work you put into something, you never get it right. That feeling can be very disheartening. But know that hard work will eventually be rewarded. Regardless of whether or not you succeed at the task at hand, you tried your best. And someone will notice that.

Risks are worth taking.

Have you ever asked yourself ‘what if I had just done that?’ The thought of not knowing what might have been can be a tough one. And it really doesn’t go away unless you try. That’s why risks are worth taking. If you succeed, you made a good choice. If you don’t, you at least know that you tried. You won’t ever have to think about the ‘what if’.

Try again.

There are very few things that done right the first time. Some things takes multiple tries to get it right. If you fail, try again. Don’t view it as the end of the road. It’s just a setback. Whether you realize it or not, you always have the opportunity to try again. There’s a time and a place to call it quits but define that for yourself.

Failure doesn’t really exist.

Even though we’ve discussed failure up until this point, the funny thing is that failure doesn’t really exist. There are hiccups, setbacks and roadblocks. But those aren’t failures. They only become failure when you let it stop you from pursuing whatever it is you want to pursue. So the next time you think you failed at something, just brush it off. Instead, learn from it and become better than you were before it.

The Governator’s 6 Rules of Success

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You may like or hate his politics, his personal life, or his movies.

But one thing you can’t argue with is that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s journey from a poor youth in Austria to a champion bodybuilder, millionaire businessman, Hollywood movie star and even Governor of California is a story of success from which we can all learn something.

I recently ran across this YouTube clip of Arnold giving a commencement speech at the University of South California, in which he shares his 6 Rules of Success. I must say that I couldn’t agree more with his rules (although I might change #5 to “Work Smarter.”).

Following is a list of his rules — along with some quotes from his speech:

1. Trust Yourself.

“You have to dig deep down and ask yourselves, ‘who do you want to be?’ Not what, but who? Not what your parents and your teachers want you to be, but you. I’m talking about figuring out for yourselves what makes you happy no matter how crazy it may sound to other people.”

2. Break Some Rules.

“It is impossible to be a maverick or a true original if you’re too well behaved and don’t want to break the rules. What is the point of being on this earth if all you want to do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble?”

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail.

“You can’t always win, but don’t be afraid of making decisions. You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and in your vision and you know that it is the right thing to do.”

4. Ignore the Naysayers.

“How many times have you heard that, ‘you can’t do this, and you can’t do that, and it’s never been done before?’ I love it when someone says that no one has ever done this before, because then when I do it that means that I’m the first one that has done it. So pay no attention to the people that say it can’t be done.”

5. Work Your Butt Off.

“Mohammed Ali, one of my great heroes, had a great line in the ’70s when he was asked, ‘How many sit-ups do you do?’ He said, ‘I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting And that’s the way it is with everything.when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.’ That’s what makes you a champion. 

“Just remember – you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”

I wholeheartedly agree that hard work is vital to success. Just be sure that you’re not adding “window dressing” work instead of working smarter.

6. Give Something Back.

“Whatever path that you take in your lives, you must always find time to give something back to your community. Reaching out and helping people will bring you more satisfaction than anything else you have ever done.”

6 Simple Tips to Boost Your Confidence

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While confidence isn’t something we’re all born with, you can build your confidence gradually over time. Finding confidence in yourself can be the key to success, especially when it comes to productivity. You might not necessarily relate the two but confidence and productivity are actually intertwined. When you build confidence in yourself, you also find the motivation to do things you never thought you could do before. If you’re looking to boost your confidence, here are 6 simple tips you can practice:

Speak with authority.

In order to be confident, you have to exude it. To do that, you have to display it in everything you do, especially what you say. Always strive to speak with authority. When you are able to deliver you ideas and thoughts in a confident and cohesive manner, others will be more willing to listen. Believe in what you say and others will believe it as well.

Look the part.

Even though confidence comes from within, it’s important to look the part on the outside as well. When you look good, you feel food. Dressing nicely helps boost your confidence significantly. You don’t necessarily need to spend a lot to look good either. Just be comfortable in what you wear.

Be prepared.

If you’ve prepared yourself well, you’ll automatically be more confident because you know what to expect. There aren’t many curveballs that can throw you off. Put the effort and time into preparation and you’ll set yourself up for success.

Put 100% in everything you do.

When you decide to do something, be confident in your decision. Put 100% in everything you do, everytime. Even if you fail, you’ll have no regrets because you know that you put your all into it. However, when you succeed, it’ll feel that much better because you know that you can accomplish what you put your mind to.

Think positively.

Even when you’re feeling down, it’s important to always think positive thoughts. Pessimism breaks your confidence down and places doubts in your head. But it’s your choice. Choose to think of your glass as half full, not empty.

Practice makes perfect.

Remember that practice makes perfect. It may be hard to be confident right now but make a continuous effort to boost your confidence. As you create good and positive habits, you will see your confidence and productively grow slowly but steadily.