fbpx
How I Learned to Embrace Failure
Ever since Brene Brown took the stage and equated TED to being “a failure conference,” the idea of failing seems to have become the new mantra in business and life.
The sooner you can fail– and then course correct and try again– the quicker you’ll get results and ultimately achieve success.

How I Learned to Embrace Failure

So what’s the problem? How hard can it be to fail?
Really hard, actually.
Especially if you’ve been someone who’s accustomed to following the rules and meeting everyone’s expectations your entire life.
If you got A’s in school and always did what the teachers said…
If you stayed in the same career, even though you’ve always daydreamed about doing something else…
If you diligently saved every last penny and rarely invested or indulged in anything for yourself…
That was me and in some ways, I’m still like this. By many measures, I achieved “success” because I followed the rules and colored between the lines – do x, y, z and you’ll get a good grade, get the job, and have money for retirement, even though you’re too nervous to spend it.
By following the rules, I was successful– at everything except for failure.

Not surprisingly, the more I “succeeded,” the harder it was to let myself fail.

Failing became something scary and unacceptable.

And that’s a problem.
Because while there are obvious benefits to doing well in school, staying in one career, and diligently saving for a rainy day, the flip side is becoming stuck in a comfort zone, worrying too much about what other people think and being too fearful to take risks– risks that may be necessary for you to get to the next level.
It’s the dark side of success that no one told me about.
But, just as Brene Brown and all the others who came before her have done (fellow experienced “failures” like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Oprah, Diane Nyad– to name a few!), I had to learn for myself that…
Failing to fail is a fail.  [Tweet that!]
As hard as it is for me to not always color between the lines, I am starting to realize that doing so is much more fun…and a necessary step on the road to true success.
Are there areas of your own life where you could use a little more failure and a little less “success”?
Come share your challenges around success and failure in the comments below.

Hi, I'm Anna!

I’ll help you create a career strategy and plan so you can finally have a job or business you love that supports the life you really want.

Learn More

You might also like…

How To Increase Instagram Followers Organically For Free

How To Increase Instagram Followers Organically For Free

  Are you looking for more clients? Want to know how to increase Instagram followers organically? After you've identified your ideal client and have your offer set up, you'll need more potential clients to consume the great content you keep posting. If you know...

This Morning Routine Checklist Changed My Life

This Morning Routine Checklist Changed My Life

Your mornings matter. A morning routine checklist can change every area of your life (including your health, happiness, finances and relationships). A morning routine will give you more focus and less reactivity. A good morning routine will help you have more in...

How To Get Clients For Your Business (and Keep Them Coming)

How To Get Clients For Your Business (and Keep Them Coming)

  Your ideal clients are waiting for you to start and grow your business! They have a problem you can solve. But, you have to figure out how to get clients first! One important thing to remember is that you could be marketing and speaking to people who will never...

90 Day Planner