failure · learning never ends · life lessons · work in progress

feyl-yer

Failure, noun.  Proving unsuccessful.
No one likes to fail.  I certainly don’t.  Failing is viewed as a negative, however, lately I find myself arguing that we need to take a look at what it really means and why we shouldn’t be so afraid of it.  Rather, we should embrace it, with a ‘chota’ (small) hug of course, and use it to learn and grow from personally and professionally.
I have always held firm that failure is negative, therefore; I stick with things that I know in my heart of hearts I should walk away from.  It is the fear of failure that holds me back.  When something isn’t working, I try to find other ways to make it work.  However, when that doesn’t work, walking away is the only option.  Yet, it is one of the most difficult things to do.
How do you know when to walk away?  I think you have to listen to yourself.  To help me make my decision, I like to make a pros and cons list.  If you know you’ve given it your all and it isn’t making you happy anymore, it is time to move on.  Again, it is easier said than done.
It should come as no surprise, dear readers, that I enjoy writing.  I journal a lot.  It is a great way for me to get all my thoughts out.  I use it as a tool to reflect on things.  It is in that reflection that I find honesty within myself.  When I look back, I can find lessons in failure.  They’re not always easy to pinpoint, especially when there are raw emotions involved in the situation.  But if you can get past that, you can find little gems of wisdom for yourself.
What does failure mean to you?  How do you cope with it?
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