I know many people that are afraid of effort. Afraid of progress or change. Most of these people live at home, without jobs, dropped out of college or did-int go. They all talk about how one day they will have a great job or leave home, but never get around to doing it.Why? Because they are afraid of failure. Today failure is seen as a end all road to oblivion, failure is cursed and shunned. But it’s obvious why that is, from a young age we are reinforced over and over again that failure means defeat. A student is punished for a failing grade, a sports team loses funding for not making finals, a mistake at work is met with anger. All of these consequences are negative and not something any of us would look forward to receiving.
So where does that leave our curiosity, To be forever bound by the shackles of our own failure? A person that fears failure is one that will never know the joys of success. If you spend your life fearing failure, what will you do when you are faced with a difficult decision. and I am not talking about the kind of fear you get right before you take that leap of faith while cliff jumping, or the seconds before a fight. I’m talk about real fear, the fear of changing your college major despite difficulties, knowing that if you do not finish you will be left penniless and without a job. The real decisions you make that you know will change your life forever. Or even deciding to reapply to school, even though you dropped out. If you cant accept these fears you can never succeed.
So i say accept the failure. Failure is not negative, failure is progress. I can proudly say that i took five classes this semester, i received three A+’s and two solid F’s. Those F’s weren’t electives either, those where in my major. But am i cowering in a corner and changing my major immediately? No way! That’s not how you make progress, im going to retake the classes and ace them.
But i need to make eggs and do some studying today. Time to get off Tumblr. So in closing. Dont be afraid of failure, even if you put your all into the task.
Failure is progress.