I’ve concluded that it’s a dumb question because from my experience there are no achievements without failure of some kind.
John C. Maxwell, the author of Failing Forward suggests a better question:
If your perception of and response to failure were changed, what would you attempt to achieve?
My next statement may seem cold or calloused to some; ‘it doesn’t matter what challenges you are facing in your life.’ The only thing that is really important is how you are “willing” to “choose” how to look at the challenge to grow and learn from it.
Your creator gave you infinite potential because we are made in His image and He created the entire Heavens and the Earth. I would suspect that He created us to be able to overcome any challenge or obstacle we face because every person on this planet has them.
John states, “Look at the way any achievers approach negative experiences, and you can learn a lot about how to fail forward.”
Read through these two lists, and decide which one describes your approach to failure:
Failing Backward Failing Forward
Blaming others Taking responsibility
Repeating the same mistake Learning from each mistake
Expecting never to fail Knowing failure is part of the process
Expecting to continually fail Maintaining a positive attitude
Accepting tradition blindly Challenging outdated assumptions
Being limited by past mistakes Taking new risks
Thinking “I am a failure” Believing something didn’t work
You can change some of your environment that creates problems for you but most are unchangeable. What we can and must change is our reaction to the unchangeable. It’s the changing of you that must happen for you to grow and be able to achieve your dreams.