I’ve said it before. Failure is always an option.
Don’t discount it. Don’t hate it. Don’t ignore it.
Don’t pursue it. But if it’s yours, embrace it. Own it. You made it. Figure out why.
Why did you fail? Was it because you aren’t good enough? Get better.
Was it because you didn’t try hard enough? Try harder.
Was it because you were afraid? Don’t be. What is there to be afraid of?
Are you afraid of failing? Guess what? That’s stupid, because that only ends two ways: failure, and never having tried. Which would you rather look back on? Which would you rather live with?
Are you afraid of success? Even more stupid. Yes, success has its own trials. But if you failed enough along the way, you’ll be fully prepared to deal with anything success can throw at you.
Failure hurts? Only if you let it. Your pride wants to get mad. Your ego whines and says it’s bruised. Tell them both to shut up. Only then can you hear what failure has to tell you. Failure doesn’t hurt, it helps. It motivates. It teaches. It preaches. Learn from it. Let it be your guide. It always points to success.
Failure isn’t punishment for something you’ve done wrong. Taking a calculated risk, trying something new and daring is never wrong. You aren’t wrong. You’re just not right yet. Try again.
Failure isn’t your enemy. It’s not waiting around a dark corner to take you out. Failure is your coach. It tells you what paths not to take. It tells you what plays not to make. Listen to your coach.
Failure is not the opposite of success. Failure is the road to success. You aren’t on that road alone. It is the same road we all take. Look around you, there are familiar faces. It shouldn’t surprise you. There is no shortcut. You can’t skip the road. It is the same road we all take.
Failure is always, always an option. No one who succeeds hasn’t failed. Success is built on a foundation of failure.
Have you failed? Then smile. You’re on the right path.