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Failure just IS... (2014 - Blog #76)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Have been thinking about failure of late. So many quotes about failure that get us to consider failure for the teacher it is.

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
― Thomas Edison

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
― Truman Capote

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston Churchill

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou

All of these are powerful reminders that failure is to be heeded, remembered.. and even honored. I got to thinking about how really failure IS required for us to have a fulfilled life. And as such, I am not sure we should spend a whole lot of time trying to avoid it per se. I am not sure that we actually live well without allowing failure to walk along side us.

When I look back in my own life, there are big mistakes, small mistakes, light mistakes and deep mistakes. If I just focus on the mistakes and failures in my health, I can remember quite a few. And with each memory there is an emotion, a feeling, a realization that has stuck with me. I think if I were to decide to spend my life trying to avoid a failure, I would live life too carefully. I think if I live life fully, mistakes are the necessary walking partner to help me enjoy life more fully, to live more deeply, to think more abundantly.

A healthy appreciation for the potential of mistakes is liberating and life-saving. I think that I can honor my mistakes by treating them as I do a medal in a race - with a smile of something accomplished, not as a badge of disappointment and a reason to beat myself up.

emoticon So, here's my cup raised to living with failure as my companion who helps me live life more fully. Failure just IS.

Quote of the day
“We are all failures- at least the best of us are.”
― J.M. Barrie

MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)


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  • SUNSHINE20113
    This is a wonderful blog! So true and such a better way to approach failure.
    1793 days ago
    This was just what I needed to read.

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  • ALICIA363
    emoticon This blog resonates with me.
    1796 days ago
    If I never failed miserably 14 years ago, I would not be who I am today. Failing is the best teacher, but only if it does not end in defeat. Good words to follow. Thanks for posting.
    1796 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Maya Angelou's: "you must not be defeated" says it all to me. It is true that failure is an experience that we can say "oh well", learn from and perhaps continue to practice.

    1796 days ago
  • no profile photo LOVINGKATE
    emoticon BLOG!! Thanks so much for sharing. Failure is a stepping stone to growth.
    1796 days ago
    "A healthy appreciation for the potential of mistakes is liberating and life-saving."
    Here's to recognizing and LEARNING from them as we Live life Daily and Gratefully!
    1796 days ago
    I seem to remember a couple from the workplace: a boss who used to quip, "if you never fail, you must not be doing very much!" And an anecdote about the founder of IBM tearing into a manager who had produced a gigantic flop. Exec: "I suppose I'm fired." TW: "Of course not! I just spent $X million (the cost of the failure) training you!"

    For myself, my favorite: "By giving myself permission to fail, I give myself the freedom to succeed!"

    LOVE this blog! emoticon
    1796 days ago
    I especially like the Churchill quote.
    1797 days ago
    I have accepted failure as part of the fitness/health journey. Not so sure I feel that way about my career journey. I have had plenty of challenges lately and I'm growing weary. I'm ready for a success or two.

    Your blog is spot on, though. Failure is essential to growth and change. If we did things right all the time, we'd learn so very little in our lives.
    1797 days ago
    1797 days ago
    Terrific blog Diane
    1797 days ago
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