3 Reasons Why You Should Be Failing More

We all know that failing means learning, so why is it so much easier to get stuck in our own comfort zone?

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Failing is a data point on your journey that reveals your actual pace of development. The more you fail, the better you become – you learn. 

True learning hurts, though – that’s why we try to avoid it at all costs. 

It is much easier to stay where you are, enjoying the skills and knowledge you already have. You feel strong and powerful today, but you make yourself vulnerable tomorrow. 

Sure, you say, of course, I should learn, but I don’t have time. Most of my day is filled with random, work-and-family-related tasks and I never have time for myself. I would love to learn, but I can’t do it now. 

Even though that may sound like a real thing, that is an excuse nonetheless.

We all have things to do, we all are busy. Learning hurts, and your brains know it. Your brains hate change because that’s what we, as a society taught it in the first place. Change means uncertainty, and uncertainty means danger.

When you were a kid, school taught you that don’t try to innovate and be creative but to do as authorities told you to do. School told you the only way you are allowed to learn, is by reading the book, memorizing random parts, and writing it down on exam paper. You had to stay silent, you weren’t allowed to cheat.

The most important thing was to remember and answer right.

Nothing else mattered.

No one cared though, that that is not the way the world works. In real life, your only objective is to solve problems, any means necessary. And the ones, the rascals, who wanted to learn creatively, Googling things, look what others have written, were removed from the general population and labeled as dumb ones – losers. But have you noticed, that now, those creative types have, or are most likely to succeed?

So, in order to be relevant tomorrow, we need to break the shackles our school system and society chained us. We need to stop fearing change and start loving failures. We need to remove our ego from the equation.

Constant learning is a skill just like any other skill. You become better only by practice.

No one else is judging you, so why should you?

My recommendation is to start from somewhere you have zero knowledge and experience. Go to Youtube or open the MasterClass app and pick a topic you’ve never thought you would, and start learning. As you learn, deploy your newfound knowledge into action.

You will fail, of course, but that’s a good thing. Learn from your mistakes by analyzing what went wrong and do it again. Most likely, you will fail this time too, but also, most likely not with the same mistake you failed before. Study hard what went right and what went wrong. Become curious, instead of discouraged. No one else is judging you, so why should you? You now know more than you knew yesterday. That’s called progress. Keep practicing, and one day you will get it right.

Learning is not only fun, though. Learning is also vital to our survival. So, if you care about your future you, start failing as your life depends on it now.

So, in summary, here are the 3 key reasons you should fail more often:

  1. When you fail, you learn
  2. Fails makes you, as a person, more valuable in the future
  3. New opportunities appear when you fail and learn enough

With love,

Mikael Hugg

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