As a child when you learned to do something you failed and failed often. You failed to talk in full sentences, color between the lines, make it to the bathroom on time, and evening learning to walk you fell down more than once. So what does this teach us? As children we were not afraid to try. We were not afraid to fail. Fear of failing is a learned behavior. I believe because culturally in school or when at work and we fail, we are quick to be reprimanded. This is not a natural conducive working environment. Failure is a way of life. Failure is how we were designed to learn. If you are scared to fail, you will never know what success tastes like.
Biblically speaking, would we need repentance and mercy if we were destined to get it right every time? I relearned this many times in 2013 from relationships to business ventures. I will give you an example. I was on the verge of my first book being released and I spent the majority of my money buying the first batch of copies to sell that I later found out I could not sell. Why? I failed to clear the copyrights needed for the fonts on cover. I, at the time, was unaware that fonts had commercial licensing agreements. I thought I failed at the management of my financial stewardship, which I did but I also failed before that. Where I initially failed was with not properly investigating before investing my money. See all those boxes in that picture above? Those are the books that were never sold and eventually dropped off at a recycling center.
I had a choice to make at this time. I was either going to allow this to stop the production of the book or choose to keep going. I had two years invested into this project and quitting was not really an option for me. I chose to keep fighting. What I need you to see is fear of failure cannot stop vision if a person is truly determined. Failure will always do one of two things; either it will teach you how much of a pushover you are or how committed and resilient you truly can be. The choice is your to make. I hope reading this today you will learn to never fear failure, but to learn from it. Use your failure to make you or your brand stronger. Let your failure set the stage for a pinnacle turning point in your career. Regroup if you need and allow your failure be a step, not the destination.
For more information on this book, please visit Sincerely Me Vol. 1.
Talk soon & God bless,
Edited by: Jeni Watanabe