No one ever likes failing. We live in a society that strives for greatness whether on an athletic field, in the classroom, or even in our job environment. People constantly look for ways to avoid failing. They will take less risks and avoid losing situations, but how can one ever accomplish anything without first failing?
I wanted to write an article about failing to help motivate anyone who reads this to extend their boundaries and push their limits. I wanted to dive deeper into failing which can lead to even greater achievement. I want to encourage those who aren’t risk takers to dive into the deep end head first and just keep swimming.
Let’s start with why people hate failing. It can destroy our confidence. I mentioned society earlier, and it starts with a social perception. We hate to fail because we are afraid of what others will think of us. We are afraid to be wrong because we believe others will think less of us, but is that actually the case? A greater question is, why should we even care about what other people think in the first place?
As people, we define who we are. You, as a person, know who you are. You shouldn’t care what others think. Constantly trying to please everyone will not only stress one out, but it will also take away from enjoyment of his or her life. Strive to be the best you can because it’s what you want, not because it’s what other people want or desire for you.
To become better at anything, you have to take a leap of faith. In Batman Begins a constant question is asked, “Why do we fall?” and the answer is, “So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.”. This is a great saying to take to heart. One doesn’t learn from his successes but his failures. Another great quote is from The Haunted Mansion, “You try. You fail. You try. You fail. But the only true failure is when you stop trying.”.
A person should never stop trying, yes there are going to be failures, and a lot of them at that, but that’s what makes us better, not only in our respective areas, but as people. You don’t know if you can do 100 push ups until you try and your arms either hold up or collapse beneath you. You don’t know if you’ll be able to pick up the cute person at the bar unless you go over and start a conversation.
Guess what? If your arms collapse beneath you doing 100 push ups, you can train to get stronger. If that cute person at the bar rejects you, there will be a cuter person there tomorrow. Tomorrow is always a new day to start fresh. Our failures today will lead to success tomorrow. Here I am, saying to everyone, don’t fear failure, embrace it and learn from it. Never stop trying.
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