**Don’t be afraid to fail spectacularly!** (Part 1)

What is Success? What is Failure?

There is something majorly wrong with our education system. Students are taught success is good, and failure is bad. Students with high grades are awarded, and those that failed are punished.

If I remember correctly, Sir Winston Churchill, the famous Prime Minister of the U.K. during World War II, failed in school and only passed English and History. By education standards, Churchill is a failure. Yet he went on to become a hero in the history of the U.K. and the world for contributing to world peace.

There is a proverb in Chinese, “失败乃成功之母”. It means Failure is the Mother of Success. The proverb implies failure often precedes success. I can attest to that. All, — not most — successful people can attest to that. All entrepreneurs probably have their hands up right now.

Example #1:
Abraham Lincoln, perhaps the most beloved president of the USA, was perhaps one of the most spectacular examples of failing a lot before succeeding. But I believe Lincoln became who he was because of his failure experiences. He got up stronger each time after falling down.

Example #2:
Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times to invent the lightbulb. Did Edison think he “failed” 1,000 times? No. Edison said he *successfully* found 1,000 ways not to make a lightbulb!

The examples are numerous.


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