Failure according to Will Smith

The following is a transcript of a famous Youtube video by Will Smith about failure.
It's already made the social media rounds multiple times, but as an exercise, I decided to transcript it for myself, so I thought I'd share.
These are Will Smith's thoughts, not mine.



Fail early.
Fail often.
Fail forward.

It's always a little bit frustrating to me when people have a negative relationship with Failure.
Failure is a massive part of being able to be successful.
You have to get comfortable with Failure you have to actually seek Failure.
Failure is where all of the lessons are.

When you go to the gym to work out you're actually seeking Failure.
You want to take your muscles to the point where you get to Failure because that's where the adaptation is, that's where growth is.

Successful people Fail a lot.
They Fail a whole lot more than they succeed, but they extract the lessons from the Failure and they use that energy and wisdom to come to the next place of success.

You got to take a shot.
You have to live at the edge of your capabilities.
You got to live where you're almost certain that you're gonna Fail.

That's the reason for practice.
Practice is controlled Failure.
You're getting to your limit.
You can't lift that, you can't do that - until you get to the point that all of a sudden your body makes the adjustment and then you can do it.
Failure helps you to recognize the areas where you need to evolve.

Fail early.
Fail often.
Fail forward.