It’s easy to conclude that you should avoid failure at all cost. After all, nobody wants to the be the ones who sit alone, hearing the whispers of “he is the one who messed up.”

However, if you look at all the great innovation that’s occurred over the centuries, one pattern quickly emerges: failure played an integral role. We need to fail to learn.

When we succeed, we usually know we’ve succeeded, but we can’t pinpoint why. Which step or element was the key to our success? It’s very hard to learn from success. Especially the how-do-we-do-that-again lessons that are essential to long-term growth.

Failure helps us hone our skills much better than success. When we fail — and take the time to learn from our failures — we discover what we need to improve. As the saying goes, the largest room in the world is the room for improvement.