It’s Not Failure. It’s a Way of Discovering What Doesn’t Work

It’s Not Failure. It’s a Way of Discovering What Doesn’t Work

Thomas Edison once said, “I have never failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” While I hope none of us has such an enormous ego we claim to have never failed, I would also hope over a long career we can all point to 10,000 ways that won’t work. Many of the best lessons we learn in life are from our failures rather than our successes. Failure means you’re taking risks, trying new approaches, and stepping up to challenges that will stretch you and cause you to grow. Failures happen constantly in our careers, and we learn through experience what works and what doesn’t.