Years ago, the first time I took a bath as an adult, I hilariously failed. As someone who never understood the delightful benefits of soaking in a hot tub, I hadn’t a clue how to properly do it. But my back was hurting so I was aching to do something helpful. So I poured in some bath salt and turned the H faucet all the way, to really hot. Wait. Maybe too hot. How am I supposed to get in now? …
So there I was, naked as the day I was born, sitting next to a completely filled bath, unable to get in because the water was scalding hot. I probably waited 30 minutes before I could actually jump in.
There’s a lot of thing in life that we aren’t taught. Perhaps you were taught how to take a bath (most people are) but there’s another area in your life you haven’t a clue about, so you avoid it (or where that gap in knowledge like a badge of honor).
Failure is embarrassing. It’s not fun to be bad at something, yet we all are bad at one thing or another. If it’s not swimming or math then it’s billiards.
Failure and the fear of failure hold us back likely more than anything else.
But failure is inevitable.
If we want to learn something well or do something great, we must be willing to put ourselves out there and open ourselves up to failing.
Our culture looks at failure wrong. We should praise failure rather than shy away from it. Does failing suck? Yes.
Being bad at something is temporary. As long as we are continuously pushing ourselves to learn and practice, we will get better.
Great artists and entrepreneurs fail all the time.
But while some people fail and quit, great artists keep going.
What if we praised failure instead of hiding or being afraid of it?
Think of failure as training. The goal isn’t to fail for failure’s sake, but every time we do we are training ourselves to fail forward with grace. Every time you do something incorrectly, use it as feedback to do better next time. Failure is a learning point. The faster we learn from failure, the sooner we can find success.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1502
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