This is the ninth and final post in our 9-part series about what lessons Looney Toons can teach you to lead a happier, more fulfilled life. View the introductory post- and first lesson- post here.
The coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.
This rule is a good one. If you look at how many times the coyote fails at his attempt, but then gets up, dusts himself off, and turns around and tries something else, it is a good rule for living.
There is a good way to state this rule: There is no failure, there are only results. If you try something and you don’t get the result you want, try something else. The story goes that Colonel Sanders asked 1008 people to help him build his chain of chicken restaurants before someone said yes. Another piece of lore is that Thomas Edison tried and “failed” 10,000 times before he got a working light bulb.
If you work on your self-esteem (which I teach a lot of practices for), you do not even need to be humiliated by your “failures.” That will allow you to have the persistence to continue to try at something until you succeed.
So, be like the Coyote, and get up after each “failure”, dust yourself off and try again. When you apply rule #3, you can get feedback from your actions and learn what to do better on your next attempt.
Final Thoughts: I hope you have enjoyed the wisdom from this classic cartoon. There is a lot more that could be said for each rule…but take them out into the world to try them out for yourself, in service of achieving your goals.