Failure: A Lesson in Disguise

Those cupcakes up there? The ones with the heart shaped strawberries? I thought they looked quite pretty. As for taste, I gave them a big thumbs down. They ended up on my list of recipes that I thought were going to be good but ended up turning out to be complete failures.

You would think that after having experienced numerous failures I would be able to brush them off like they were nothing. But I don’t. I am my toughest critic.

I’m not sure why failures hit me so hard. I am far from what you would call a perfectionist. Borderline control freak who wears her heart on her sleeve, maybe. Getting past a failure has never been easy for me. Sometimes it will take me a couple of hours to get over it. Other times it will take me a couple of days. Eventually, my mind gains clarity and I move forward.

People say that we learn from all of our experiences. I absolutely agree. I also believe we learn a lot more from our failures than from our successes.

One of my favorite quotes from the movie Batman Begins is one said by Thomas Wayne. Bruce had fallen into a well and his father helps him out of it. As Thomas is carrying Bruce into the house he says, “Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

When we fail at something it can be very tempting to want to give up. To never want to try again. But we need to be stronger than that. We need to take a good look at what went wrong and use it as motivation. Motivation to create something even better. To work harder. To innovate. To push ourselves further than we ever thought possible.

It is very rare that someone will get something completely right the first time they attempt it. The people whom we deem as successful did not get that way overnight. They are successful because they worked their butt off and didn’t let little hiccups on their road to success get the best of them.

Yes, there will be times when we will fail. Times when we will fall flat on our face. And that’s totally okay. We just need to remember to keep our head up, breathe deeply, and take things one day (or night) at a time.

Cape and cowl optional.

Photo Credit: Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

About Arbine

When she isn't stuffing her face with sweets or watching Doctor Who Arbine can be found blogging at My Shiny Life. She pretends to be clever on G+, Twitter, and Facebook. Oh and she pins like it's her job.

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