Failure is a myth. There’s no such thing. What we call failure is really just a “missed mark.” It’s an unrealized goal or an incomplete vision. But being the humans that we are, we want to judge it—to slap a label on our outcomes—to compare ourselves and know where we rank, in an attempt to either validate an already poor self-image or to try to motivate ourselves to change and do better.
Focusing on failure never. got. nobody. nowhere. But paying attention to the available learnings and the opportunities did. Think about all the crazy-beautiful and useful things that exist in our world because of a presumable failure—Post It notes, the microwave, Penicillin, the slinky, X-rays, even chocolate chip cookies.
Helen Keller said, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
Thanks to Jeff Moore and EverydayPowerBlog.com for the invitation to contribute!