Why Failure is (Mostly) Good

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

Johnny Cash

Let’s be honest — failure sucks. Most of us would rather eat our right pinky finger than fail.

But failure is also good because it teach us (the hard way) to grow. Everyone loves a good failure to success story, where our hero hits rock bottom and a few montage scenes later finds his or her way back from defeat. But for every success story, how many untold stories of people who failed, hit rock bottom and gave up?

The worst part about failure is that giving up is always on the table. In fact, giving up is the easiest choice. Giving up requires nothing from us. But giving up gives us nothing in return. We love success stories because we see ourselves as the hero in our own story that overcomes adversity and failure. The goal isn’t to fail, but to learn to succeed after we fail.

“Why do we fall Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.”

Failure is our chance to learn something we didn’t know (our something we were neglecting) and get back up.

Sometimes that requires us to take a break and rest.
— or go back to the drawing board.
— or change our perspective or how we think.
— or become less ego-driven.
— or realign our priorities and/or expectations.

And whatever else we need to do to reset ourselves, find resolve to move forward, and work up the nerve to try again.

Because we know we can.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #695

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