Monday Success Reflections with Apeh: 25 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 3. Let failing build your proficiency

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh: 25 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 3. Let failing build your proficiency

When we talk about learning a new language or developing a new skill, one word always comes up by default. That word is ‘proficiency’. That is why when you are filling out any document that requires you to indicate your background in a particular language or skill, you will be required to indicate such by a ‘level of proficiency’.

Today in #MondaySuccessReflections, continuing with our series on ‘how not to make failing fatal’, I will highlight how failing can help you build proficiency in any area you are failing and finally make you better positioned to be able to achieve success in it. So, today here is:

• Proficiency can be built with failing

For your information, the word proficiency is synonymous with the following words;

skill, skilfulness, expertise, experience, ability, capability, capacity,competence,

competency, adeptness, adroitness, excellence, mastery, prowess,

professionalism, aptitude, deftness, dexterity, finesse, facility,effectiveness,

accomplishment, aptness, expertness, talent;

So when you improve in proficiency it means you just improved in any of these. The word of God says “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again;” and in another place, the word of God also says “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” The implication of these scriptures is that failing never kills you. And someone once said, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger**. And so if failing doesn’t kill you, then there must be something it does to you. That is to make you stronger, better and more resilient.

Going back to our language and skill test and proficiency example, let’s learn from that. I have had experience with learning a new language. One thing I have discovered is that your proficiency increases with every failed attempt to master a language or a skill.

I believe that every failure has a cause. There is what is called ‘failure analysis**in forensic and engineering practices. Failure analysis is the process of collecting and analysing data to determine the cause of a failure. It is an important discipline in many branches of manufacturing industry, such as the electronics industry, where it is a vital tool used in the development of new products and for the improvement of existing products. If we apply this principle in life, it will be very helpful in making us a better people.

You must understand that it is not all the times you intend to improve your capability, capacity, competence, skilfulness, dexterity, deftness, excellence, professionalism or any of those words listed about that it happens at the first attempt. Sometimes, you have to fail over and over again to become an expert in something.

How can this be done? Whenever anything does not work out as planned, what is expected is to develop a mechanism or process that will help you collect and analyse information about yourself and your actions that led to failing in whatever you are involved in. It is better to handle failing that way than to leave your life to fate, believing or thinking you were meant to be a failure, and giving the society the impetus to see and call you so.

So this week, take every failing moment as an opportunity to improve proficiency in what you are failing at and see yourself getter stronger and better. I will see you at the top.

I still remain…..

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede
@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge
Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge
BBM: 74200893

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