Think About It by Raffy Canare

Think About It Article 002: ⏩ Fail Forward ⏩

As I reflect on the challenges I faced in the year 2023, I am reminded of the importance of failing forward. This was a year of pruning for me, where I encountered numerous setbacks and made several big mistakes. I lost friends and even my business. 

However, despite these failures, I am grateful that I had the presence of mind to keep moving forward. I found myself sinking in the quicksand of failure and losses, but with the support of my immediate community and friends, I was able to persevere and survive.

Failing forward is a concept that perfectly encapsulates my journey throughout that year. It means acknowledging and learning from failure rather than allowing it to deter or define us. Instead of seeing failure as the opposite of success, I embraced it as an essential part of the path to success.

In his book “Failing Forward,” John Maxwell encourages us to change our perspective on failure. He advocates for taking responsibility, learning from mistakes, embracing new risks, challenging old assumptions, and persevering in the face of adversity.

Based on my own experiences, here are some insights and lessons on how you can navigate your own failing life towards failing forward inspired by John Maxwell’s “Failing Forward”:

  1. Embrace responsibility: When we accept responsibility for our failures, we gain control over our own lives. Instead of blaming external factors, look inward and ask yourself what you could have done differently.
  2. Learn from mistakes: Mistakes are valuable learning opportunities. Analyze the reasons behind your failures and identify the lessons you can take away from them. By learning from these experiences, you can grow and improve.
  3. Take new risks: Failing forward requires embracing new risks and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Fear of failure should not hold you back from pursuing your goals. Instead, view failure as a stepping-stone towards growth and success.
  4. Challenge assumptions: Often, our assumptions and preconceived notions limit our potential. Be open to questioning and challenging these assumptions. By embracing a mindset of curiosity and adaptability, you can uncover new possibilities.
  5. Persevere: Failing forward requires resilience and perseverance. Understand that setbacks are a natural part of the journey. Keep pushing forward, even when faced with obstacles. Each failure brings you closer to success.

Failing forward is about shifting our mindset and embracing failures as stepping stones towards success. By taking responsibility, learning from mistakes, taking new risks, challenging assumptions, and persevering, we can continue to grow and ultimately achieve a better life. So remember, when life knocks you down, fail forward and keep striving for a brighter future.

Praying for you, always.

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