“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~Henry Ford
While I can’t say that I live to fail, I have certainly lived to avoid failure in the past… The safe way, the no-risk path, the “wait till the right time” game. One day life would happen, but I had to be safe because failure was unacceptable. As a result, I was a failure for the first time in my very successful life.
After wasting a handful of years keeping myself sheltered from demise, I finally decided that I would rather go big and possibly fail than stay small and suffer.
A little thought for you as a new year- and all sorts of astrological wonderment perks in the galaxies- get well underway is this: If you have no way to fail in your life, you aren’t fully living. Even if your life isn’t about business or artistry, being a great parent, a great citizen of the world and a great friend or partner are very important jobs and, if you are really invested in them, you realize that failure is an option that you will work to avoid. If you can’t fail, you aren’t living.
The good news? If you are really invested in life, you actually can’t fail. Like Edison said, each thing that doesn’t work is just another way to learn what won’t work, so you can move on to what will work! Most competition shows on TV see their runner-ups become superstars before their winners. In Hollywood, there’s more than one person who has “failed their way to the top.” I can go on and on, but you get the point. You’ve heard it before. I’m just reminding you. So, don’t sweat it, just go for it!
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I love this. Something I tell friends and clients all the time is “Failure is OK. Just make sure to fail fast, learn from it and move forward.” Two of my biggest failures have opened me to my biggest realizations. The first was taking a move from a secure job where I was miserable to an insecure job that I was fairly sure I wasn’t a good fit for. In the end I wasn’t a good fit then the economy tanked and I lost the job. However that job taught me that I absolutely had the ability and courage to start my own business, which I did and – through many failures and tweaks – am now doing something that I absolutely LOVE! The second was my last relationship. It tanked in epic fashion but through it I learned that I do want to be in a loving, supportive and committed relationship. Before that I wasn’t sure that being in a relationship was something meant for me and had been a regular commitment-phobe. Now I know that it IS totally for me and is one of the few things missing in an otherwise pretty fabulous life.