Good Failure, Poor Success

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
– Bill Gates

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, failure can teach us more about (achieving) success than… well, success itself.

Not that we should go around seeking to fail, but knowing when we do fail (which we will from time to time), we learn. We learn to work smarter, we learn to work harder, we learn to be more prudent, we learn to be more innovative and we learn to avoid the same mistakes we made previously (hopefully).

But when success comes too easily or too soon, it can get into our heads and cloud our vision. We start to think we are better than we really are, we start to think we can do no wrong, we start to think we are beyond reproach… until some reversal of fortune have us crashing back to reality.

Thus, if you are not succeeding yet, take heart… perhaps the lessons are there to better prepare you when your time finally comes.

Take it from this famous Harvard dropout:

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure
– Bill Gates


And who are we to argue with the wealthiest geek in the world?


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