When you fail at something, it does NOT mean that YOU are a failure! It simply means that something didn’t work the way you wanted. You haven’t yet achieved success…in your eyes.
A famous research scientist had made some very important medical breakthroughs. He was asked why he thought he was able to be so much more creative than the average person.
He responded that it came from an experience with his mother when he was about two or three years old.
He was trying to get a bottle of milk out of the refrigerator when he lost his grip and the bottle fell, spilling milk all over the floor.
When his mother came into the kitchen, she said, “I have rarely seen such a huge puddle of milk. Well, the damage has been done, so would you like to get down and play in the milk for a few minutes before we clean it up?”
Yes, of course, he did!
After a few minutes, his mother said, “You know, whenever you make a mess like this, eventually, you have to clean it up and restore everything to its proper order. So, how would you like to do that?” She let him choose whether he wanted to use a mop, sponge, or a towel.
Together they cleaned up the spilled milk. As they were working together, she said, “You know, what we have here is a failed experiment in how to effectively carry a big milk bottle with two tiny hands. Let’s go out in the backyard and fill the bottle with water and see if you can discover a way to carry it without dropping it.”
This little boy learned that if he grasped the bottle at the top near the lip with both hands, he could carry it without dropping it.
This renowned scientist remarked that it was at that moment that he knew he didn’t need to be afraid to make mistakes. Instead, he learned that mistakes were simply opportunities for learning something new.
The best part about this story is that his mother didn’t give her son a negative label. Instead, she turned it into an experiment.
What a wonderful life lesson! It’s not too late to learn that even if your experiment doesn’t work, you can learn something valuable from it.
It took Thomas Edison more than 1000 attempts to discover the light bulb.
How are you going to turn your next failure into an experiment?