Chin up, kiddo!
Ever feel like a failure? Afterward, did you wonder how you’d ever recover and move forward again? Trust me — we’ve ALL been there.
But though failure is inevitable, suffering from failure is optional.
I’m not minimizing the pain of failure (especially massive or repeated failures); it's gut-wrenching.
I’ve been there. On multiple occasions. And I’ve learned that the only thing that perpetuates my pain (into suffering) is my own inability to understand failure for what it really is — a growth opportunity.
I’ve spent a lifetime learning from my own failure and I’ve made it my mission to redefine failure in the hearts and minds of every person out there who is tired of beating themselves up for simply being human.
I believe the moment you embrace your mistakes as gifts is the moment you become empowered to not only find the work you’re meant to do on this planet, but to create a fulfilling life around that purpose.
Fear of failure tethers the soul to tedium.
Remember: You alone get to find the meaning in your life experiences. There are times when we all feel devastated by our mistakes. That’s human, painful and, with loving acceptance, a dark kind of lovely.
But, ultimately, with loving consciousness, your hardships serve your well-being, not detract from it. Like germs that help build up your immunity, your failures strengthen you from the inside out, IF you’re willing to grow instead of harden.
Once you know you’re meant for better things in life and that it's OK to stumble and fumble a bit on the path to getting there, you can finally rise into your greatness. To help you in that pursuit, here are 10 "Buck up, Lil’ Camper" quotes to help you face failure and push right through it:
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1. Michael Jordan
2. Thomas Edison
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. — Edison
3. J.K. Rowling
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. — J.K. Rowling
4. Edwin Land
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. — Edwin Land
5. Wilma Rudolph
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. — Wilma Rudolph
6. Maxwell Maltz
You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you. — Maxwell Maltz
7. Denis Waitley
Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing. — Denis Waitley
8. Sumner Redstone
Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. it’s built on frustration. Sometimes It’s built on catastrophe. — Sumner Redstone
9. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greatest glory in living is not in never failing, but in rising everytime we fall. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
10. Samuel Beckett
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. — Samuel Beckett
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