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Why failing is good for you according to Will Smith

Hollywood actor, Will Smith breaks down the importance of failing forward.

Will Smith transcript below: 

“Fail early. Fail often. Fail forward. It’s always a little bit frustrating to me when people have a negative relationship with failure. Failure is a massive part of being able to be successful. You have to get comfortable with failure. You have to actually seek failure. Failure is where all the lessons are.

When you go to the gym and you work out, you’re actually seeking failure. You want to take your muscles to the point where you seek failure because that’s where the adaptation is. That’s where growth is. Successful people fail a lot. They fail a whole lot more than they succeed. They extract the lessons from the failure and they use the energy and wisdom to come around to the next phase of success.

You gotta take a shot, you have to live at the edge of your capabilities. You gotta live where you’re almost certain you’re gonna fail. That’s the reason for practice, practice is controlled failure. You’re getting to your limit, getting to your limit, getting to your limit, you can’t live that, you can’t do that until you get to the point where your body makes the adjustment and then you can do it. Failure actually helps you to recognize the areas where you need to evolve.

So fail early, fail often, fail forward.”

Relevant Bible verses 

“Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” – Ecclesiastes 11:4


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