Failure’s Silver Lining

Failure. Just reading the word makes us uncomfortable. Try whispering the word under your breath. Do you physically feel the discomfort? Most of us do. There’s something about that word that we despise, yet failure is an important part of our growth. In fact, it’s essential to our survival. We are programmed for failure from the day we are born. If you don’t believe that just watch a child learning to walk. They fail time and time again, falling, crashing, crying, and grasping for support along the way. Yet eventually, they figure it out. They learn to walk, then to run. Most of us stop there, but others go on to do other amazing things, from skateboarding to skiing and extreme sports. The lesson learned is failing repeatedly at something is how we learn best. We can study concepts and principles which shape our thoughts and beliefs, but we don’t learn from them like we learn from our experiences. And some of the most rewarding experiences are the ones we fail at.

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