F3 defines Failure as an undesirable outcome from which a Leader learns an important lesson. It is the fourth phase of the F3 Leadership Development Process.
Success teaches us little because it only reinforces what we already thought. It is failure that dispels the fog of our misconceptions.
Failure for failure’s sake is not enough. It is the “important lesson” upon which we focus. What did our misstep teach us? What was faulty about our assumptions? How must our execution be improved?
Are we willing to try again?
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
- The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”
- “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?”
- “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.”
The Group of Frogs (Encouragement)
As a group of frogs were traveling through the woods, two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs crowded around the pit and saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that they’re was no hope left for them.
However, the two frogs decided to ignore what the others were saying and they proceeded to try and jump out of the pit. Despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of he pit were still saying that they should just give up. That they would never make it out.
Eventually, one of the frogs took heed to what the others were saying and he gave up, falling down to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.
He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?”
The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
Moral of the story: People’s words can have a big effect on other’s lives. Think about what you say before it comes out of your mouth. It might just be the difference between life and death.