A Successful Failure
What is success?
When I was in high school there was a quote I tried to live by. “Success is losing all fear of being unsuccessful.”
I remember trying to wrap my head around this quote and telling my high school self to not be scared of failure and you’re golden. But success is more than that, or maybe it’s less than that. See? Despite devoting my adult life to figuring out what success is I still have no idea!
I think the better question to ask yourself is what is failure? If you ask anyone that they’ll give you a more definitive answer than if you were to ask them what success is.
For me failure was/ is working for a paycheck. Don’t get me wrong, I really like money and I understand the concept of working for said money, but to only work at a job because it pays me and not because it fulfills me in any sort of way, that’s failure.
Am I living in that failure? If you know me personally you probably know the answer to that.
How about you? Are you living in your failure?
My experience has been most people who have an answer to “what is failure to you?” are living or have lived in said failure. The same could be said for fear. The thing people are most fearful of probably already happened to them.
Here’s the thing though, I think by living in failure, acknowledging that we have failed, gives us the right light to really see what success is. If that’s the case, would this failure be a success?
And it’s really cliche to say, but I think true success comes to light in the midst of failure when you decide to take the next step forward.
As I write this post, the original quote of “success is losing all fear of being unsuccessful” begins to makes sense. If my idea of failure is what I’m currently living in, what else do I have to lose? I mean, in my mind I’ve already failed. If a took a step forward, then another one, could I fail any more? Maybe, but failure and I are already friends, so it wouldn’t be completely heartbreaking, and I’ve been through it before, I could do it again.
So, what’s the next step?
Now that’s a harder question.