How is failure a success? If you’re not sure, it may be time to look at failure from a different vantage point.
Failure is positive feedback. Stay with me, and you’ll see it’s true. Can you imagine if you didn’t know you failed? Or you never experienced failure? That somehow, you could just bypass this experience all together?
How would you know what to do differently next time? What negative emotional experience would motivate you to dig deeper?
The fact is, failure is a crucial self correcting mechanism if you let it be.
Tiger Woods twice changed his swing and suffered quite a bit of failure in the process. His game suffered until he was able to work through the process which ultimately resulted in a new, superior skill.
Actually, Tiger seems to have a desire to welcome failure just so he can see what he can change it into. He spoke to Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes about his tendency to ‘play’ with impossible shots.
"As a kid, I might have been psycho, I guess, but I used to throw golf balls in the trees and try and somehow make par from them. I thought that was fun. Because sometimes it's boring just hitting a normal golf shot."
Tiger doesn’t expect to lose in a tournament, in fact he goes in always expecting a win. But he is willing to lose or fail sometimes along the way to get better.
So the next time you hit a slump or suffer some losses, take another look. Mine those experiences for all they’re worth, don’t just bemoan them. And remember: nothing succeeds like failure.