I’ve had my share of failure.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said the wrong thing, done the wrong thing, acted the wrong way, responded inappropriately, lashed out, fallen short, been humiliated, or otherwise not lived up to what was expected.
But I’ve learned.
I know the pithy sentiments about falling six times and getting up seven. They’re a dime a dozen. This isn’t one of those sentiments. This is a lesson learned painfully through heartbreak over a very long time. Take a glimpse into your recent “failures,” and take note of just one thing.
“What will I do next time?”
It’s a literal stupidity to repeat the same mistakes time and again. I would say that’s the saddest failure of all – a failure to learn. The future is what you make of it. Your failures will not define you. Your victory, however delayed, will be the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve learned, and you’ve overcome.
Wherever you are in life, don’t give up.
What will you do next time?