How Failure Leads to Success


We are now in the second quarter of the year. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along?

Most people tend not to succeed with their resolutions and frame the experience as a failure. That is a big problem when it comes to making positive change.

People who are consistent winners in life seem to know how to keep a great attitude even when circumstances seem to be overwhelmingly against them. The question I have for you this month is, “What is your relationship with failure?”Just because you have failed once or twice doesn’t mean what you are doing is not needed or you are not on the right path. Did you know that some of the most successful people in the world failed numerous times before they succeeded? Michael Jordan, J.K. Rowling, and Steve Jobs, to name a few.

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was fired from the company he started by his own Board of Directors. He was later asked back as CEO. Upon return, he led the business to become the most profitable company in the U.S.

Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, was devastated when he was cut from his high school varsity basketball team sophomore year. Good thing failure only inspired him to work harder.

Here’s what he said about failure:

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

J.K. Rowling was a jobless single mother living off unemployment benefits before becoming one of the bestselling authors of all time. She suffered from depression due to the death of her mother. After falling in, and then out of, love, she ended up with a failed marriage and a daughter she raised alone. When Rowling finally finished the first three chapters, she sent the manuscript off to a publisher -- they quickly passed on the project.

She sent it to 12 more publishers and they all rejected it. She had almost given up, but she kept moving forward and sent it to one last publisher whose 8-year-old daughter and he read the manuscript. They fell in love with it and decided to publish it. Even at that point she was warned to get a day job because she wouldn’t make money writing children’s books.

People often choose not to take action due to fear of failure. What many people don’t realize is that failure is a prerequisite for getting what you want, and often it puts you in the direction to get what you need. Failure is part of the journey to success, but you can shorten the process by hiring a coach or a mentor.


Yoichi J. Kato


Yoichi Kato is an author, speaker, serial entrepreneur, and a Navy veteran. He is a master business networker & connector who is always connecting people. He is also an amazing Chef who provides private chef services all over San Diego. Yoichi loves to help others and see them thrive.