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Failure: The Secret to Success is a book about something everybody knows but not many people like to talk about. We’ve all met that guy at a party who goes on and on about life as if it was a country song. However, our desire to keep our failures under wraps is in itself a huge mistake. Everybody who achieves unbelievable victories also knows saddening defeats.
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing” – John Powell
Very big. Getting cut from the high school basketball team might mean you are not cut out for sports. Or it might the catalyst that begins your career, as it did with Michael Jordan. Losing practically every job you ever start might not sound like a great career path, but it was for President Ulysses S. Grant. Failure is essential and even inspiring. We need to make a few stupendously bad decisions and experience horrific luck.
The old adage is if you fall down, you need to get up again. There’s more to the relationship between failure and success than perseverance. We must consider the science of failure, the lessons of history and even the advantages of failing on purpose. (What? Yup. Buy the book!)
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