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The Importance of Failure (and 6 People Who Prove It)
I sometimes feel that the way we approach failure is lacking. Or rather, I sometimes feel that the absence of discussion about failure causes us problems later on in our lives. Let me explain what I mean. Like many people, my childhood involved a pretty standard approach to the topics of success and failure.

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Importance of failure

We need to start talking about failure as life's master instructor. Experiences in failure are less about not finding success than they are about problem solving, and the skills cultivated a...

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People who turned failing into success

  • JK Rowling. One of the most powerful modern writers whose net worth hovers around $1 billion was once living on welfare.
  • Walt Disney. Before the Disney empire ...

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Rejection is normal

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It’s okay to feel pain

When we get rejected, our brains register an emotional chemical response so strong, it can physically hurt. 

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It’s not (totally) your fault

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