Oct. 2020 Part III: Failure is Essential to Life

failure is essential to life

Oct. 2020: Failure

Starting September 2020, I will be writing a series about a different monthly theme. The goal is to walk you through a weekly process to help alleviate concerns surrounding the topic of the month. October’s theme is failure, and this blog post explains why failure is essential to life.

Your Life Purpose

Helpful Hint #2 taught you that those who remain stagnant never fail! Do you understand the implication of this statement? It means that before you can walk, you must crawl, try to stand, fall back down, crawl some more and try again. At times, crawling can take on various forms. Failure is essential to life so you can progress into the your phase.

What might that next phase be? Perhaps it may mean failing and retaking Calc I prior to Calc II. Or maybe your next phase is to find new roommates next semester because the current arrangement is a failure. Perhaps you were not invited back for a second internship with a specific company.

Failure is essential to life because it means you are learning. It does not mean you are a failure or a loser or a quitter. It means you are strengthening your skill of trying something different. Hence, you enhance your ability to learn, evolve and grow into a new you. Isn’t that what life is about? 

Failure is Growth

If everything always went according to your wonderful, detailed plans, you would succumb to living a ‘dumbed down’ life. Failure is essential to life because, among other benefits, it paves the way for you to:

  • Improvise on the spot
  • Sharpen critical thinking
  • Creatively problem-solve
  • Absorb lessons learned to be applied to the future
  • Gain an advantage over your competition
  • Learn insights that others cannot teach

These are essential life skills that are always transferable wherever you go. Failing does not mean you stop; it means you try in a different way.

Helpful Hint #3 Failure is a sign that you’re doing it right!

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