“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. I cannot accept not trying.” – Michael Jordon

Name one person you know who hasn’t made a mistake. Name one successful entrepreneur or celebrity who hasn’t failed miserably.

Chances are, you can’t think of anyone.

Truth be told, we’re our own worst critics. The flaws we see in ourselves are the flaws no one else sees in us. But do you know the saying, “Success never taught anyone anything?”

Truer words have never been spoken. Here’s why embracing failure is the key to success and why should accept the mistakes you make:

You Find Out What Works

When you fail, you find out the hard way. But you do find out. You find out what works and what doesn’t. You find out what you’re doing wrong and how you can fix the problem.

Failure opens the gates to various solutions. Either you fail or you learn; there’s no in between.

When one method doesn’t work, you find a hundred different ways to solve a problem. Out of those hundred solutions, one works effectively. You’ll then learn that there’s a solution to the problem and in the future, you can tackle similar difficulties using the same method.

Failure Makes You Stronger

Everyone has days when they feel like throwing in the towel and giving up. But when you fail, you become stronger. When you fail, you learn and grow.

You let go of perfectionism. You let go of impossible expectations. You realize that there are different opinions, views, and perceptions.

You come to terms with the fact that there is more than one way to solve a problem.

In a nutshell, failure helps you become wise and mentally strong.

You Become More Patient

In life, you’ll meet thousands of people who are different from you. These people will have different beliefs, different perceptions, and different ways of doing things.

You need to be patient. You need to be able to work with different types of people. Failure is the best way to learn to be patient with yourself and others around you.

But more than that, you’ll also learn to be patient with yourself. You need to learn that sometimes, things don’t go the way we plan. We don’t live in a perfect world and that’s okay.


Everyone has flaws. By embracing failure, we can learn to let go of our worst fears and accomplish our goals. Embracing failure allows you to focus on your long-term goals and think freely, without the fear of judgment.

Jon Petz is a motivational speaker and peak performance expert that helps businesses create a platform where employees can learn and grow. Contact his team by calling (614) 456-3072 to book him for your next event!