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Is it OK to fail? I was recently asked this question. My first thought was ‘failure is not an option”. Then I was reminded of Thomas Edison who, when asked about how many failed attempts he had while inventing the light bulb, said that he didn’t fail- he learned how not to make a light bulb (paraphrased- the actual number changes). The point is Thomas Edison saw the failures as something positive. Failure is an opportunity to learn. Failure can be costly, but not learning from failure is even more costly. Don’t hope for or expect failure, but when it happens use it to your advantage. Learn from it and you’ll have an advantage over those that don’t.

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