A few weeks ago my daughter, Keeley, took her driving test.
She’s been having lessons for a little while and was super keen to get out on the road. I mean, what 17 year old doesn’t dream of the freedom of their own car?
I have to say, I’m looking forward to it too – No more being Taxi-Dad!
So the big day arrived. She hopped in the car with her driving instructor and headed off to do the test, get her driving license…and her independence.
But sadly it was not to be.
When she returned home I was not greeted by a happy, bubbly 17 year old with a grin on her face and a new-found freedom. But instead a sad, disappointed and very upset girl, whose confidence had been knocked by a setback.
She had failed.
But failure is a part of life. We all fail and it’s this failure that allows us to grow and improve, and to enjoy our success all the more when we make it.
So we had a chat and discussed where she felt she needed to improve. We put a plan together to work on the necessary part of her driving skills and she re-booked at the earliest convenient date.
She stuck to the plan and worked on her weaknesses. Practicing and preparing for her next test.
When the test day I arrived I think I was more nervous than she was. There’s nothing worse than seeing your child upset and feeling like a failure.
She came home beaming from ear to ear – She had passed!
All about those negative feelings of failing just a couple of weeks earlier were gone. She has learned from her “failure” and pushed on to achieve success.
So why am I sharing this with you?
Because the same applies in business too. No matter what service you provide and what industry you are in, sometimes you are going to fail, and sometimes you are going to fail hard.
But that’s ok.
It’s the failing that allows us to succeed in the long run. Without failing, we don’t know where we need to improve to gain success. Without failure we won’t learn, improve and develop.
When all’s said and done, it’s the experience of failure that makes success feel so good in the end anyway.