Failing with Enthusiasm

 

I used to think I was pretty fifty-fifty. That is to say, whenever I set out to achieve something, half of the time I accomplished it, and half of the time I didn't. Now, don't misunderstand. The things I accomplished didn't just magically happen. I had to work hard, fail, regroup, reorganize, fail, get up, try again, etc. Truth be told, I've likely failed ten times more than I've ever succeeded. But there's a great life benefit to failure. It gives you courage. Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision. And when you decide it, you begin to understand so much of the world around you. Like these things: 



Courage is standing out in a crowd, and standing up to it

Courage is walking into a room full of strangers and not caring enough about what anyone thinks about you to change who you are or what you do.

Courage is realizing the world isn't about you, but that having you in it you can make it a whole lot better.

Courage is forgiveness, even when the people you forgive don't deserve forgiving.

Courage is talking less and listening more. You can't ever learn anything if you're always trying to teach.

Courage is doing what you know is right, even when people you trust try to convince you it's wrong.

Courage is admitting you need help. With addiction, depression, compulsion, anything. Admitting you're weak to someone who's strong is the most courageous thing you will ever do.

Courage is letting go of people who don't like you, even though they've never met you.

Courage is speaking up against what's wrong, and then doing whatever you can to make it right.

Courage is not letting the opinions of others change who you are.

Courage is admitting you're wrong and allowing someone else to be right.

Courage is going from failure to failure without ever losing your enthusiasm.

No matter who you are, where you live, how much money you have or what you believe in, there's a pretty good chance you're much the way I am. Fifty fifty? Not so much. You fail far more than you succeed. Keep trying anyway. To quote Winston Churchill:

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

Which, do you believe, is more courageous?


1 comment

  • You will have more failures in your life than successes, it is how you respond to your failures that define you as a person. Every time you fail, it is a learning experience, get up the next day and go get what you want, keep at it, it will come. And I agree with you Wendy, never lose your enthusiasm. Enthusiasm will get you thru the failures, and lead to your success.

    Karen

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