Why You Have to Fail to Succeed

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Failing sucks. Being told you're not good enough sucks, feeling like you're not good enough sucks, but do you know what sucks even more? Giving up. It might be the easy option to bury your head in the sand and pretend everything is still great, but the fact of the matter is that the sooner you take a realistic approach to the situation, the sooner you'll be back on track. Continual success is of course great, but sometimes, someone needs to knock you to make you hungry. To make you thrive and encourage you to achieve your aspirations. It's easier to give up and admit defeat, but it's more rewarding to surpass the struggle and come out the other side. I mean, if you don't know how it feels to be at your lowest, how to you know when you're at your best? 

Sitting in a constant may seem like your perfect little life in a bubble, but it's not healthy because it doesn't challenge you. The long and the short of it is that in life, you can't please everyone. There's times where you won't be everyone's cup of tea and that's something you've got to deal with. There's no point dwelling on the past. Get up, get over it and move on. Just because one person doesn't think you're good at something doesn't mean it's true. It's one person's opinion, and since when did opinions become facts? It takes a bigger person to reflect on the situation and figure out how they can invest their time in bettering themselves because one key thing to remember is that success is not final and failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.

You have to take the good with the bad and the success with the failure because let's be realistic, we're all going to go through shit in our lives. We learn from our mistakes and if you use failure in the correct way, to engage and encourage yourself, then it'll make you stronger. Don't be bitter and burn your bridges, be graceful and endeavour to do better, try harder and prove yourself and everybody else right. There's no shame in failing so long as you're trying. You can only measure your own success so don't let other people belittle you and make you feel inadequate. Success is completely and utterly subjective and the only way to not let it get the better of you is to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, plant a big smile on your face and try, for as long as it takes.

I have dreams that I want to follow and ambitions that I want to fulfill. They may seem completely ridiculous and out of reach to someone else, but that doesn't matter because they aren't the one working towards them. Bounce back from people's gossip and negativity and use it as a driving force to work harder, do better and achieve more. The journalism industry I'm in the process on entering is tough. The competitive and cut-throat nature is terrifying at times, but if I let that hold me back, I can only blame myself if I fail. My professional presence is of course nowhere near perfect right now, but I'm still living, I'm still learning and I'm still trying. And I'm happy to keep trying until I reach my full potential and live the life I've always imagined.

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