Why You Should Love Failure
Failure. It’s a single word that causes anxiety, dread, and doubt. As a society, we’ve been taught to fear failure. We’ve learned to avoid or deny it at any cost. Why? Because of what it supposedly symbolizes – which is inadequacy. It says, “YOU’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH”.
Well, you know what we say? F*ck that. We love failure. And here’s why you should too.
Social media and societal ideals have done a number on our mental state by insisting that we need to be perfect at just about everything. Prepare and eat healthy, beautifully cooked and plated meals. Have insanely sculpted, fat free bodies. Work high paying power careers that we just absolutely love. Be your own boss. Be an overnight success story.
News flash. That’s not life.
All of those little tidbits come together to make us feel like we haven’t done shit. OR, that if we can’t achieve all of those things, we’ve a big fat failure. Because everyone else makes it look so f-in easy.
Nobody talks about failure. Nobody acknowledges it. And if they do, it’s after the fact and they’re already a raging, in your face success story.
Which kind of makes it a moot point.
Failure holds people back from just about EVERYTHING. People literally won’t take the first step because their immediate thought is, “what if I fail?”. Our fear of failure prevents us from pushing the envelope. It holds us back from going for our dreams.
It literally steals our life away.
Here’s the dirty truth… You WILL fail. You’ll fail over and over and over again. And it’s going to feel like crap. And it’s going to be hard.
Success is a bumpy road. It’s not for the faint of heart. But failure is necessary, because it reminds you that you’re TRYING. That’s one of the reasons we love failure so much. It reminds you that you’re on the road to success. Failure is the thing that proves to yourself that you’re not going to settle for less.
If you fail once and give up, you lose. But if you fail over and over and over again, and you KEEP trying, you’re kicking ass. Does it feel like it? Maybe not. But think about it, how many people have the persistence, the belief, and the dedication to fail hundreds of times, and to keep trying?
Failure means you’re doing something MORE. It means that you’re pushing yourself. It shows that you’re changing. It tells the world that you’re not down to settle for mediocre.
The more you fail, the closer you are to success.
So instead of being afraid of failure, embrace it. Take each one, learn from it, and push forward. Learn to love failure and you will get SO much from it.
Failure is a reminder that you are, and you have, so much more. So remember, that the only time you’ve actually failed, is if you stop trying.