It's ok to fail

It's ok to fail

You don't have to fear failure in your life. Here are a few good reasons why failure is good for you.

We've all had a failure or two, or perhaps many more in our lives, and many of us just sweep them under the rug and try as hard as we can to forget.

I myself have had my fair share, starting back to when I can remember failing my first driver's test, to my first-year Chemistry exam in University, up to more recently with the closing of my Yoga Studio after only 6 months in business. Some failures seem small and trivial while others feel like a crushing blow, not only to your ego but straight into your heart.

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It's Ok

When I was younger I vividly remember how embarrassed I felt to admit my failures to anyone, including my close friends and family. How painful it felt and the fear that was left behind of it happening again.

Some of these failures lead to bouts of depression, which was another feeling that was difficult to admit. Now that I am older, and of course continue to face failure from time to time, I have learned to deal with failure more productively.

Thankfully now each time I fail, big or small, I am left feeling educated, and more confident to live better and dream bigger.

It allows me to understand that failure doesn't have to lead to defeat, but that it could empower me to keep moving forward and growing in spite of it.

Throughout history we have seen example after example of those who have overcome epic failure time and time again, yet still managed to come out on top, and succeed. They didn't achieve greatness on their first try or even their 10th, but they kept pushing on, being persistence and never giving up on their dreams no matter what life or other people did or said to them. Here are just a few of the most Famous Failures in history:

Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan

Famous Failures

"I failed over and over an that's why I succeeded." ~ Micheal Jordan
"There is no such thing as failure - failure is just life trying to move us in another direction." ~Oprah Winfrey
"You never fail until you stop trying." ~Albert Einstein

Huffington Post wrote a great article on the "10 Reasons We Fail To Achieve Our Goals." You'll notice that all of them are based on the fact that you and only you can make it happen. You are the master of your destiny and the only way you fail, is if you give up!

So now that we know why we fail...lets look at why we want to fail.

  • After we fail, we must reflect on what went wrong, why it went wrong and figure out how to correct it so it doesn't happen again.
  • This education allows us to grow stronger, be more persistent, daring and courageous than we previously were.
  • We get to experience new things, some bad and some good, but never the less, these experiences enrich our lives.
  • We learn who are true friends are, those who will stick by you, support you and cheer you on, even after you've failed. It will help our important relationships grow stronger, create new friendships, and allow us to let the weak ones go.
  • Most important to me is that every "failure" allows us to be one step closer to success. I wish I could tell you how many times it will take before you find it, but unfortunately, there is no magic formula.

What I can say with certainty is that if you are willing to keep trying and learning from your failures your success will come. Just listen to what J.K Rawlings has to say about it:


Much Love and Success,

Jessilyn xx


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