Sir James Dyson is one of the world’s most successful inventors, but he refers to his life as ‘a life of failure’.
In an interview with ABC Radio he explains that the when he was building the prototype for the first Dyson Hoover there were 5,126 failures until he got the one that worked.
Dyson’s experience shows that failure isn’t an ending — it’s a part of your story. It’s a natural part of growing. And should, at times, be looked at as positive, not negative. By changing your perception of failure you can learn to stop fearing it.
After all, one of the greatest sportsmen of all time was prone to failure, too…
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
This is an excerpt from a post I wrote for Crew. Check out the full post here.
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