I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.-Thomas Edison
I think we all need to do something stat. We need to take this icon’s words to heart. I vote that we, as a society reframe the definition of failure.
Currently, the official definition of failure is :
- Lack of success.
- The omission of expected or required action.
I think that whoever made up the definition of failure clearly wasn’t having a good day.
Defining failure as a lack of success is such a pessimistic way to view an objective outcome.
For example, missing a putt, missing the fairway, making a bogey are all considered failures to the desired outcome of having a low golf handicap. What if we redefined failures as educations?
If that’s the case, we’re all pretty damn educated! We’re extremely intelligent human beings that have tons of experience and wisdom in life.
Let’s think ourselves as a handyman of your life with an unlimited toolbelt and every “failure” you’ve had as a tool. Every time we’ve experienced an undesired outcome, that tool is now available for you to use for any future jobs.
Let’s use my golf career for an example. For the longest time, I thought I had failed at golf because I didn’t pursue a professional career. The reason I didn’t strive for the LPGA was because I struggled in competitive sport, always collapsing under pressure. But after reframing failure, I realized that I have many tools in my tool belt in the mental aspect of golf. Aside from rocking women’s golf outfits, I now have the tools of letting external pressures get the best of me, the tools of fighting internal battles and the tools of the mindset that doesn’t allow me to thrive to my full potential. I have been fully educated that a self-sabotaging mindset and unaware negative subconscious does not align with my future aspirations. All of these educations have led to me to where I am today, to begin learning new educations, adding more tools into my tool belt and advancing one step closer to what actually works. I may have not pursued the the LPGA route but living the celebrity golf/influencer lifestyle isn’t too bad either, I guess. Ha! I may have been kicked off my fair share of private courses for my golf outfits but have now the tool of amazing women’s golf pants.
So, I’d like to make a declaration that I will become the handyman of my life and continue adding tools to my tool belt proudly.