Is Failure the Best Thing That Can Happen to You?

Is Failure the Best Thing That Can Happen to You? Is failure the best thing that can happen to you

It is said we are living in a time of great opportunity. Never has there been a time in history where we have access to abundant resources of technology and opportunities to achieve our personal and professional goals.

The internet revolution, as it is often referred to, has given us the ability to be more creative, innovative and resourceful right from our computers, Smartphones and tablets.

The challenge is, we are bombarded by so much information, at such a rapid pace, that our brains have to operate on overdrive trying to discern all this information that is coming at us from a variety of sources. To get our attention, many information providers rely on providing information that is sensualized, negative or fear-driven.

Often this bombardment of information and the rapid pace we find ourselves living in triggers the survival mechanism in our brains and we end up operating in a “fight or flight” mode. This can cause people to become actually paralyzed towards achieving many of their goals and they end up missing the opportunities of achieving meaningful goals because of a fear of failure.

So it leaves us asking, “Is failure necessary for success?” The reality is, anyone who has achieved their personal best in any endeavour has gone through some tremendous failures and setbacks.

What do these people have in common? They view failure as the best thing that could happen to them. Over time they have all developed a unique set of performance skills and attitudes to take risks and bounce back from failures in the pursuit of their goals and dreams. Here are some of those skills.


Reframing starts with simply taking time to clear your head. Then meeting either with a trusted friend or a coach to discuss what has happened, and then setting some new goals. Once these goals are established, you want to develop solutions to move forward on. Taking action is one of the best ways to overcome failure.


People who are on the path towards achieving their personal best know the power of association. They consciously go out of their way to surround themselves with people who support them and challenge them when they experience a failure.

All the best in achieving your highest performance.


Paul Boston is the president of Actus Performance Inc., a high-performance development firm. With an undergraduate degree in consumer behavior, Paul started his professional career working in the fast-paced and demanding world of marketing and advertising with Fortune 500 companies and organizations around the globe. At the same time, he started racing at the elite level of triathlons and qualified four times for the World Triathlon Championships and started to discover performance similarities between his athletic and professional career. He then went back to school to study adult training and development, specializing in workplace performance skills. As an organizational high-performance development specialist, Paul works with clients to help them understand the fundamental performance values, attitudes and skills people, teams and organizations need in our ever-changing modern-day work world. For more information, please visit

Blog post content from the June 19, 2014 Thursday Night seminar “Is Failure Really an F-word”.

Photo credit: Penywise

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