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Friday, July 29, 2011

Malcolm Forbes

"Failure is success if we learn from it."

American Publisher
1919 - 1990

Have you ever felt like a failure?  Have you been told that you couldn't write?  Or that you couldn't paint?  Or that you couldn't sing?  I have been told all my life that I can't sing.  And people still today tell me I can't sing.  Yet out of this failure came one of my greatest successes.  I have been paid to sing and to lead others in singing for the last twenty-four years.  As part of a seminar that I teach, I lead others in singing.  I have been able to turn a weakness into a strength.  No, I have not learned how to sing.  But I have been able to use my weakness to my advantage.

In every failure, you can find an opportunity if you look hard enough.  And as Forbes said, if you learn from your mistakes, it was not a failure.  I have come to believe that we often learn more from our failures than our successes.  Our successes usually don't teach us anything because we think we did everything right.  We should learn to tear our successes apart like we do our failures.  Then maybe we would learn something from success.  If you feel that you have failed, I encourage you to examine what happened and learn from it.