Oops!...I Failed Again
Failure has been on my mind lately. Not a particular failure, but more the process of failing. We’ve all read the quote that says something like: “There’s no such thing as failure, only opportunities to learn/grow/whatever.” I cringe every time I see it. Not because it isn’t true, but because of what it isn’t saying.
I’ve failed enough to know that on the other side of falling flat on your face is awesome potential for growth. But I also know there’s a whole lotta other stuff that needs to happen before growing can take place. And that’s where my mind has been – on the “whole lotta other stuff.”
There are so many distractions that accompany failure that can keep us from growth. Yes –
failure can be an incredible thing. But how often do we allow ourselves the opportunity to soak it in and actually learn? Or are we too distracted by the worry and concern of what people will think or say about our most recent blunder?
Take a second and think about it. When you peruse Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat…what do you see? Chances are it’s blissfully happy moments filled with pictures of smiling babies, fabulous vacations, gorgeous weddings, delicious meals and our favorite four-legged friends. We’ve created a platform where we’re encouraged to share our current state of success. A place where we can drum up affirmation in the form of likes and comments all before we rush off to the next cool thing to post, tweet, regram and snap. But where’s the platform for failure?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not mad at social media. I love it! Hell, my dog has his own Instagram account. But if failure is a gift, then what are we doing to normalize it? Where’s the encouragement to take a minute to reflect on your most recent screw up…and to recognize that when you inevitably fail it means you’re living life and taking risks?
I’ll be the first to admit that in the past I’ve tried to hide from failure. I’ve dodged it, buried my head in the sand, told myself (and others) stories to justify what happened, and straight-up ignored it. Not anymore. From this point forward, I’ll strive to fly my failure flag with pride and will encourage those around me to do the same. I suppose it all starts with an honest confession. So, here it goes…
Hi. My name is Dan…and I’ve failed. A lot.
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