January 03, 2013 by Hiroshi Mikitani (blog on Linked In)
"Failure is not fun. When it happens, it’s hard to pick yourself up the next day and go back into work.
But push through, because your prize is waiting for you.
Failure is the foundation for success. That’s an old Japanese proverb. Embrace the attitude of implementing improvements soon after a failure, to make that proverb a reality.
Failure will show you just where you went wrong. It will show you the reasons for your difficulties and the things that you still need to address before you can succeed. In the process of failing, you no doubt noticed what was going wrong as it happened to you. Good for you. That’s your to-do list going forward. You now know what needs fixing.
Failure is only a true failure when it does not lead to improvement. If you are back in the game quickly, making improvements, you have not failed.
Pat yourself on the back. You have learned something. Your success awaits."
This blog by Hiroshi is a gem of wisdom and one where in today's modern world of business and entrepreneurship, we learn to pick ourselves up after a business failure, dust off ourselves and move on.
When we are able to do this, we have the capability to surmount adversities, then we will be able to move along, learn from our mistakes and make improvements. We live to fight on another day. Some people give it a name: The School of Hard Knocks.
So, congratulate yourselves when you have failed, because you would have learnt an invaluable lesson.