He said, "We impress people with our success but we impact people with our failures."
Wow. I know this to be true, but why is this?
Here are a few reasons why I agree with Maxwell that we impact others through failures more so than through successes:
- I listen to people who seem like they have it all together. But I really listen if they reveal to me that they have failed. Perhaps it is their humility that draws me toward them. Humility significantly increases the chance of making an impact.
- All of us fail at times. We are thus able to relate more easily to those who have also failed.
- When someone is really hurting about something, who else can best speak to that wound? Someone who has been wounded in the same way.