Whoops! How to deal with failure.

Soooooo….yeah I didn’t post yesterday. I guess that’s what happens when you play League of Legends and three hours flies by. Now I could beat myself up over it, but what good would that do? Everybody deals with failure in one way or another, but feeling sorry for yourself or endlessly rehashing what might have been doesn’t get you anywhere. Failure is on of life’s less popular methods for teaching us about ourselves and how the world works. It shows us our mistakes and provides incentive to become better. No one wants to be a failure.

When I think about failure I consider it an inevitable fact that is intertwined with the process of learning. Failing causes reevaluation and study which strengthens out understanding. The fear of failure will shackle you into staying in one place and never doing anything new. One example of this is in education today. In American schools failure is something to be afraid of. You either pass the class or fail it. So getting a passing letter grade becomes more important than actually learning anything. This is the reason you have many introductory classes in college on material which should have been fully learned in high school.

So failure isn’t something to get to excited about. Learn from what you did wrong and resolve to not do it again. Worrying and looking backwards isn’t going to stop you from making mistakes so why not make them and move on? As Winston Churchill, who was an amazing orator and new a thing or two about life, said two things which are great reminders on how to think about failure.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

And as for me I will be moving on from my failure at posting yesterday carrying a valuable lesson: If writing (or anything else) is something you want to make a priority, then don’t make any excuses when doing it or let anything else get in the way.

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