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Failure is Learning

If you cannot fail, you cannot learn
— Eric Ries
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I started this blog, with a force and momentum.  I knew what I wanted to accomplish and stayed on track.  But it got tough to keep up.  Its work, more work than I realistically had time for on top of everything else.  I tried staying on top of it, but I failed.  In part.  I've taken a step back and reorganized because, Eric Ries was right.  "If you cannot fail, you cannot learn".  

 

Its true in everything.  I've failed more times than I can count but its propelled me forward because I want to get better; I don't want to fail again.  Think of how your fails have led you to learn.  Did you suck at a sport but recognize that concentration on why exactly you're sucking, paired with practice, launch you into that sweet spot? How about school?  Maybe in a different perspective you failed at math but it taught you to focus on your creative side.  We've all had styling fails, (que all the bad outfit photos) but now I bet you have a handle on what clothing works best on your body.

 

The point is..without failure, we don't aim to learn.  We learn because we don't want to fail again, we naturally want to succeed.  You have to be thankful for all the fails, they make you, you, and give you an edge up on someone who has not yet failed at what you have. 

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Facts vs Attitudes

Attitudes are more important than facts
— Dr Karl Menninger

How amazing is it that just changing your attitude about things can alter them for not only yourself, but also for others?

I could look at things factually 24/7, but that would be no fun.  And likely, mentally trying.  Take this little shoot for example.  I could tell you about its location, factually,...we shot behind a drug store.  On a back street.  Lined invasively with harsh blue garbage bins along the edge.  There was overgrown shrubbery that served as a backdrop for EMTs waiting on calls, in their ambulances.  And construction trucks chugged along blowing black smoke out of their tailpipes.

OR, I could speak of the magic that this alley way held.  The grassy peeks popping through the cobblestone pathway lent such a homeliness it was nearly irresistible.  We were surrounded by gorgeous trees, reaching their blooms gracefully into the walkway just waiting to lend you some shade.

You can feel the difference, can't you?  How you feel about a fact can defeat you before you even have the chance to recognize it is too late.  Don't let that happen.  I hope the next time you fail to see the beauty in the norm or get down on a situation, you create a mind shift for yourself.

Do You

If you see a difference between where you are and where you want to be, consciously change your thoughts, words, and actions to match your grandest vision
— Neal Donald Walsch

I'm still working on getting over the fear of the what-ifs and the possibility of people passing judgement on my decisions.  I'm not sure if you're anything like me, but if you are, feeling like that can suck.  If someone else were to tell me they felt that way, I'd tell them not to care.  Much easier said than done.  I'm working on it.

 

I'm consciously working on not caring about others opinions or judgements of me.  If you are like me, I hope you are too.


I've realized I don't have to explain myself.  I do not owe anyone anything and that is a fantastic truth.