When You Fail

Failure is a powerful feeling.

If experienced enough, failure can make you feel like you want to abandon your dreams or provoke negative thoughts about what you’re trying to pursue. It can make you think,’I’ll never get a job,’ or ‘My business will never be successful.’ But this kind of thinking makes failure defeat you instead of help you.

If I let failure defeat me, I would still be job hunting (it took me a full year and dozens of interviews to land a career) and I wouldn’t have this blog (websites are harder to set up than you think). Also, I actually wouldn’t have gone to college (I failed a math class my senior year and my college acceptance was contingent on me retaking and passing the class before graduation).

You can’t let failure stop you because it also prevents you from many other accomplishments that you haven’t even realized yet.

So when you fail, I challenge you take this approach;

“If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” Thomas A. Edison

I love this outlook. It’s the attitude I take with every ‘failure’ and, as an effect, I eventually succeed and you will too.

What do you do when you fail? 

6 thoughts on “When You Fail

  1. Hi Linds,
    Edison was one of the inspirational characters of my childhood. I love reading your messages, keep it up and stay healthy.

  2. Very inspirational. Glad to hear that you take Edison’s advice and learn from failures, although I already know that about you. Thanks for sharing this insight with others, especially those that don’t deal with failure so well. I guess what I do when I fail is try to understand why first so that I don’t make the same mistake twice and learn from the experience. I firmly believe it is through the failures we experience throughout our lives that make us better and more knowledgeable, as long as we take heed and learn from those failures.

    1. I’m glad you agree! It’s important to reflect when you’ve failed at something and more importantly to move on from it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Lindsay,
    I agree! Now that I am in middle-age, I can look back with gratitude at all those “failures” as my greatest opportunities for learning the most – mostly about my self. And you’re so right, letting go and moving on is the most important part. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy your insights!

    1. Thanks for your insight, Susan! Always great to hear what people take away from their failures. Keep rising!

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