“ACK! Failure! No, no, no, no! HARD LIMIT!”
That was me.
I was a gifted child. If you were one, you know what I mean. Everything was easy. Failure just DIDN’T happen.
Until it did.
And then, for me anyway, it was devastating.
How can this be? I’m not perfectly good at everything the first time?
And so fear of failure set in.
Now, you don’t have to be a formerly gifted child to understand fear of failure. At all.
MOST people experience it in their lives.
For some, it’s crippling.
For others, maybe not so much, or only really affects one area of their lives.
Like dating and love.
Because that failure, for some reason, seems to strike to the heart of who we are in ways that other failures often don’t.
After all, it HURTS.
But the thing is, we HAVE to fail to learn. Because when we get things right automatically, we often don’t know WHY. And we don’t learn anything.
I’ve written about getting rejected more often, which is a type of failure, and why you should do it.
And our PLUS Members have access to an amazing presentation by JustRob from Jacksonville, FL on the topic of “Failure Isn’t an Option, It’s a Requirement.”
I agree. I seek out ways to fail more creatively (and sometimes I fail at failing, and that’s awesome, too!), because I believe there is something to learn from every failure, even if it’s only “Don’t do THAT again.”
What are YOUR thoughts on failure?