failure as teacher, practice makes perfect

Inbound Marketing University | Failure as Teacher Helps us Get Better with Practice

Failure as a Teacher

While there is a life lesson in the statement “There is no better success teacher than failure“, I mean this in the context of learning.

What we call failure teaches us in ways others things do not.

While it may seem extreme to think of “learning” as “controlled failure” if you think about it for a minute, you see it is.

For the vast majority of us, independent of what new skill you’re learning, you’re not good at first, and you get better with practice.

I use the Beatles occasionally as a case in point.

Before they became an overnight sensation in their early 20’s, they had performed over 1,200 live concerts.

The reason they were good is because they were practiced.

How does this relate to Inbound Marketing?

Inbound Marketing is:

  • Writing
  • Story Telling
  • Engagement
  • Consistency
  • Persistence
  • and more…

These are not inbred skills. Maybe some of born already more persistent and consistent than others, but if you’re not strong in these skills, you can improve. Can you learn.

And how does THIS relate to failure?

At first most of you are going to do all of the above poorly. Over time you’ll get better. In the meantime “it” won’t work.

You’ll ask for honest feedback from friends on stuff you wrote, and you’ll get some good feedback you may not want to hear.

Whether you like it or not, what you hear looks like “failure” or looks like “learning” depending on how to look at it.

Since you have to keep going, learn to look at it like feedback.

Failure is how we learn.

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