“Life is like a box of chocolates, you will never know what you gonna get.”
That simple quote came from the famous movie, Forrest Gump in which Tom Hanks played the protagonist, Forrest who encountered a number of failures in life and unwittingly, turned them into success of his own. And yes, even left a mark in US history – in a fictional way that is.
In reality, our lives are also similar to that movie. We are all Forrest Gump anyway. We all have own set of failures and success. But what makes the difference is our attitude in meeting those failure and success. Do you have the positive attitude towards failure? Do you have the humble attitude towards success?
Remember the simple exercise we made in the previous post – writing down your own meaning of failure and success. If you can read it again, it also reflects our life philosophies towards those two terms, the way we value things that revolve around failure and success and a hint of our attitude whenever we encounter them in our lives.
John Maxwell, the famous motivational speaker and author of REAL Leadership series, once quipped that in order to succeed, you must fail forward. What he means, failing forward is to accept the reality that in life, you will never succeed if you didn’t meet failure first and the first way of overcoming failure is through maintaining a positive attitude towards it – hence, the failing forward philosophy.
Life is not always a sunny day. There will be always clouds that will hover from time to time and bad weather is an occasional event. So do failures. When we are hit with the hardest failures of our lives, we tend to feel like quitting and lose our interest the way we do things. But then again, you will realize the worth of the failure you encountered when that failure made you strong, made you hope again and made you overcome another obstacle in your life.
Again, it all boils down to the positive attitude that we have in life, whenever we meet failures, either in personal relationships, work or school. Failures are there to make us better actually. We may feel suck about it at first but when we pushed ourselves harder, you will realize that failure made you do so.
To end this post, let us think that life is not perfection. There will be always failure. And it pays to fail forward.
See you in the next post!