on failure

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Failure. The nausea inducing ‘f’ word. The emotions I relate to failure has always been negative. When I fail, I imagine the faces of disappointment from a parent or a boss.  Self-loathing ensues. As a result, I have always been afraid of failure and preferred to play it safe.

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

– Michael Jordan

However, I now realise that failure isn’t so bad after all, and in fact necessary. When I am afraid of trying something for fear of failure, that usually means that it is something I feel uncomfortable doing. I now feel the failure to try is even worse. If I gave it a shot and did my best but failed, the worst that could happen is temporary embarrassment. At least then I know what I am not good at and can move on from there.

This year, the challenge I have set for myself is to dare greater. To embrace failure and to learn from it. I believe one can grow a lot being expose to and overcoming uncomfortable situations or environment. The potential upside for trying is so huge that failure to try due to fear of failure would be the thing standing in between you and your dream life. And that is a tragic catastrophe.

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

– Michael Jordan

Mental note to self. Try hard, fail hard and try again.

Do epic shit. Go forth and be a force of the awesome.

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