Yep, I don’t know a soul who hasn’t failed at something(s) in their lives; in fact the most successful people will tell you that they have failed scores, if not hundreds or thousands of times on their way to success. Failure is simply a part of everyone’s life, and when we understand that failures (followed by perseverance) are essential potholes on the road to success, we can lessen the disappointment that often accompanies our failings.

In an autobiographical work Henry Ford once said, “One who fears the future, who fears failure, limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again. There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail. What is past is useful only as it suggests ways and means for progress.”

Anyone who has ventured into woodworking, whether by vocation or avocation, will experience their share of failures – that’s OK. Yes, sometimes that failure will cost you both time and money, but don’t give up. Go back and review your process, check your measurements, recheck your equipment settings and reason out what went wrong.

Remember, you are only a failure if you choose to be. Failure does lead to success if we understand its proper place on the road to success.


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