I’ve failed more over the last two years of my life, than the previous twenty eight. I’ve also grown the most. There’s a strong correlation between failure and growth.
For some reason, we’re taught to fear failure. Maybe it’s the way our school systems are structured. But ironically, the more you avoid failure the more you fail. The more you avoid risk, the more you separate yourself from opportunity. And you stunt your growth. And dim your potential.
The best version of yourself is on the other side of failure. If I ever become a fully functional adult and decide to have children, I’m going to encourage them to fail as much as possible. I’m going to resist every urge to “save them” from their eff ups. Because every time you fall, get up and course correct, you grow. I think the term, “fail forward” is a little cheesy, but it’s a good way to think about it.
And as the great Yoda said this year, “The greatest teacher, failure is.”
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