Fail Forward


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Success is 99% failure.

This was my quote during the Discon 2015 table topics contest. And I could totally relate to it. I have failed more times than I can count. And chances are, I’m not gonna stop.

When I was in college, I tried to join the Luce Auditorium Core of Ushers and Usherettes (LACUU). They are a prestigious group in Silliman University in charge of ushering people around the Luce Auditorium – the largest fully function theatre outside Metro Manila. Aside from getting to attend shows for free, they get paid! Ok, so the salary wasn’t great. But it was a pretty prestigious org to join in. I joined with a few friends of mine. First there was an interview and then a written exam. My friends got in. I didn’t even pass the interview.

I then tried joining the Silliman University Campus Ambassadors. They are a group of students tasked to welcome and guide visitors around campus. I joined with another friend. She got in. I didn’t. Yes, the rejections hurt. A lot. My mom even asked me “Anak, please stop trying to join these groups. I don’t like seeing you get hurt.”

Even as a broker I’ve had a lot of failures. One time I was site touring my client and I forgot the address of the property I was supposed to bring him to! (In my defense I was new then and I was unfamiliar with Cdo at the time).

Yes. I’ve been rejected a lot (especially in my line of work). I’ve failed a lot. But the bottom line is, that’s part of life. That’s part of success. If we have to fail, then we might as well fail forward. Learn the lesson and move on. No experience is ever wasted because we always learn something worthwhile in every experience.

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yes. I’ve failed a lot and im not afraid to say it. Because I know I wont stop messing up. No matter how careful I am I will make mistakes. Of course I’m going to do my best but in the event that I do fail, I will learn the lesson and move on. Embrace each failure and learn from it.

And the contest, yes I did win it. The champion in Impromptu Speaking – who could have that thought I would win something like this? But I won only because I’ve failed more times than I can count.

Failure is an event, not a person.

-Zig Ziglar

What about you?

Do you feel like you are failing in your career? Your love life? Your health? We have all been there. Take heart and don’t give up. No problem is big enough for our God. He is sovereign and he will help you.

I’m not afraid to say that I have failed. But in my failures I have chosen to fail forward.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!


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