Failure is Success in Progress

Failure. It’s something that most of us fear. And rightly so. It’s in our nature to want to be good at something, to get approval on what we do, and to be successful. But here’s the thing. To be good at something, you have to be bad at it a couple hundred times. To get approval from people; be it your parents, clients, or yourself, you need to struggle
a few thousand times before you can get that acceptance. And to succeed means to fail over and over again, but to also get up, learn from your mistakes, and be better than before.

A flower isn’t always in full bloom. But that doesn’t make it a failure.

I work in the creative industry and I have to create content for clients, and await their scrutiny on a daily basis. Sometimes I get it right the first time and they’re super happy and I feel #LikeABoss. Other times, I don’t get it right straight away. Then there’s a lot of back and forth, four different script versions, and then finally, everyone’s happy with the end result. This whole process of trying, failing, trying, failing, trying and failing can be tough and it can make you question your abilities and your worth.

Over the years I’ve learnt to see this back and forth not as indication of my failure, but rather as building blocks to success. Because even though it took four tries, in the end, the client was happy and I knew I delivered exactly the product they wanted.

So remember this: whether you’re a copywriter or an artist, a data analyst or learning to play a new instrument – just because you don’t get it 100% right the first time, doesn’t mean you failed. It simply means you’ve completed another step on the way to success.

Success is made up of fails. So don’t fear failure. Fear not trying. Fear not learning. Fear not giving it your all every day. Because when you do, then you know that each attempt isn’t failure. It’s the beginning of success.

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