Failure is only a detour

In my day job I work with a company that does Lean training which teaches companies to be more efficient and therefore more productive and more profitable.

One of the main principles of “Lean” is that of looking at problems as being opportunities to improve. A company that is truly “Lean” actually encourages their staff to look for problems because they know that this then gives them an opportunity to improve their businesses. They don’t see problems as failures, they see problems as opportunities for improvement.

Although the usual practice in business is to see problems as an issue one principle of “Lean” is that “no problem is a problem”. This change in thinking is actually a paradigm shift businesses need to make because it recognises that if you have no problems you have no opportunities for improvement and your business will stagnate. If your business stagnates then you will fall behind other companies that are moving forward and as a result you will actually be moving backwards.


Similarly, in your daily life, you need to look at each situation you come across as a learning experience that is giving you an opportunity to improve your life. Everything is life is perception and if you look at your life experiences as just that, experiences then will be able to ask yourself what is the positive knowledge that you can take from whatever is happening to you.

If you have a life experience that you perceive as a failure you have two different ways you can react. You can say “this is the end, I can’t go on” and give up or you can say “what can I learn from this experience and what new direction can this new knowledge take me in”. Each of these reactions will give you vastly different experiences in your next stage in life.

Life is continually changing and with each new change comes different learning experiences. The important thing is life is to embrace these changes and just change direction when needed. Just accept the change as a detour and don’t think whatever problem you have come across is a deadend.

So the next time you come across a situation that you may initially perceive as a failure remind yourself that you are just moving in a new direction with new knowledge and be grateful that you have been given the problem to allow you to grow and improve your life.


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