Failure is a great motivator. Education always has a cost: time, pain, or cash. We value something in direct proportion to the cost. Value out = value in.
The biggest lessons have the greatest cost. Failure is a waste of energy, time, or other scarce resources unless you learn from it. So is spending money without taking advantage of what you bought.
Like experiences you’ve had or online training courses you didn’t finish. (Guilty on that one.)
Sale Prices Aren’t Always Bargains
Or that lovely magenta blouse you practically stole but never wore. One reason to clean out your closet each Spring is to get rid of the evidence of money spent on something that doesn’t look as good at home as it did in the dressing room.
I’m easily motivated to do something if it keeps me from feeling guilty about wasting something valuable. Which are you most likely to use, a free concert ticket or one that set you back $500? A blouse you got for peanuts or one you had to budget for months to buy?
It’s oft been said that things are worth what you pay. Sometimes true, sometimes not.
Obstacles and Challenges
This photo is from an equine ministry event. Watching others is quite educational. Everyone in the picture failed to accomplish the simple challenge of getting the gray horse to walk across the tarp.
It wasn’t a difficult task because the horse is well trained and used to working with a variety of people in group situations. To make it easier, folks worked in teams.
And each team failed. Three teams with three different horses and three unique failures. The folks in the picture had just asked me, “Can you do it?”
“Can you show us how?”
Failure is a great motivator
That’s when I know the lesson will sink in. Failure, especially when it’s unexpected, is a great motivator for committed people.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. – Romans 15:4
I’ve learned over the years that watching me demonstrate how to do something right isn’t as meaningful as watching others do the same thing wrong. Think about it.
When a friend tells you about her troubles, it’s easy to see the big picture and offer great advice. Few of us have the ability to offer ourselves great advice.
Learn by observing mistakes others make. You can also learn from seeing people do amazing things. Watch. Observe. Reap the collateral benefits of failure. Your mistake may be precisely the lesson someone else needs today.
Emulate what is delightful.
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:9