Think about how many times you have fallen and have gotten up? Did you ever do that again, or did you just walk away and give up?
Failing is a fear that many do not want to face, but in reality you must fail in order to grow. How you deal with that fear is up to you. Do you run and hide or do you stand up and face it full force?
I like to put on my boxing gloves and go for it. I remember when I started school; I had an older sister who was just two years ahead of me, so close enough in school that all the teachers knew who I was. I was Nancy’s sister. I had to deal with that every year; the teachers knew what kind of student she was, so they all assumed that I would follow in her footsteps. I needed to find and show them my individuality. Did I cower down and just go through school as the younger sister; NO I made a name for myself. I had to buck up and do things my way, I had to come out of my shell and let the teachers know who I was. Read on to see what I did.
This didn’t just happen in the younger years of school; it followed me on through College. I had an Economics teacher that found out my sister had taken the course the semester before. How many of you have taken Economics? Fun huh? He knew she did not do so well in that class, so he decided that I was going to be the one he picked on every time he needed an answer from the class.
To his surprise I had the right answer every time he asked. That drove him nuts! So he kept doing it, just to get me to fail. Well, he didn’t know that I liked Economics and I understood it. It was my major. But, that also meant that I needed to study and be ready, so I didn’t fail.
At the end of the semester, it was so hard for him to give me my final grade, because he doesn’t give good grades very easily. The word around the school was “he is a tough teacher”.
I have had lot of failure in my lifetime, but as I grow I look back and find that mistake or stumble and think “how I can do things differently to get a better outcome”. I have turned my thinking to a learning process.
“Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~Mary Pickford
Have you ever tried to fail? Not saying to go and do something stupid, just tried something new that you never have done before without knowing the outcome. In a way that is trying to fail! You don’t know what will happen until it over. You are going into the unknown!
“Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, “I have failed three times,” and what happens when he says, “I am a failure.”” ~S.I. Hayakawa
Think of all the lessons you have just from the life you have lived! Do you think you can share them to help others? People all come from different backgrounds and different cultures. They are unique individuals with different learning curves.
What is one lesson that you have learned that you would love to teach someone else?
Can you share it with me?
Or do you have many to share?
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