(Excuse me if there are grammar errors, I Failed English in high school.)
First and foremost, let me welcome you to my new blog series I call “Failure 101”. And yes I will treat this blog series like a course because I will be bestowing my knowledge and thoughts behind the concept of Failure. Oxford defines Failure as “Lack of Success”. There are a few other meanings it gives but they all basically say the same thing only in various ways of complexity. However this blog series is designed to put more of a philosophical meaning behind the concept. Failure is a big part of every created entity, big or small. Just take a moment to look around you, every object you see, every peace of technology we use on a daily basis evolved from many Failures.
Walt Disney was fired from a Missouri news paper for not having creative ideas.
The Beatles were rejected on their first audition and told that the studio didn't like the sound.
And my favorite “We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias.” The exact words told to Stephen King went he presented the manuscript for “Carrie”. In fact “Carrie” was rejected by 30 publishers before he finally gave up and threw it in the trash, then 20 more before it was finally published. (Of course me being an Author is the main reason this Failure influences me the most.)
My point is, Failure is a necessary part of all journeys big or small. Failure comes a lot more than its opposite. A word I am trying to refrain from saying for the entirety of this series. My goal in this is to focus primarily on Failure. I will dive into its many forms and influence on well known figures throughout history. More importantly, I will go into how to deal with Failure, and how it affects us all at one point. Lastly I will be posting various vlogs in this series with interviews of others sharing their history with Failure and the impact it had on their lives. (Speaking of which, if you believe that you have an inspirational story about Failure that you would like to share, send me a message.)
And to conclude this introduction, I'll give you a little about my relationship with Failure. I'm not going to go into too much detail about it right now, because throughout this series I will be sharing more about my past Failures as it relates to the topics of each post.
Failure is always the turning point of our lives and if I had to sum it up in one statement, I'd say that “Failure is my greatest achievement”. Even as an infant I failed to come out of the womb on the correct day. As far as I can remember I have been working hard to make my mark on this world. I've wanted to achieve great things and inspire people through my actions and work. I've wanted to live a fulfilling life, making lots of friends and starting a family. I always told myself that by the time I'm 30 I would have accomplished enough in my life that I would be able to settle down and start a family. But obviously if I had achieved all of that than you wouldn't be reading this blog right now.
I have spent my entire life, sacrificing so much to achieve what I set out to do and Failed measurably in every aspect. I've failed multiple times in my career, in relationships, even in my family. I've done so much yet have nothing to show for it. I have even Failed as a person. It took me a long time to admit my faults and even longer to find the courage to do something about it. And now, haven finally accepted my own mortality, I praise every Failure with cheers. My Failures are what showed me who I really was and made me understand my true worth. The best thing I can do at this point is teach others the true value of Failure and the importance it is to us as a society. Even evolution is a product of the Failures of our species and it's how we deal with that Failure that defines who we truly are. Failure is inevitable, everyone who sets out into the world is destined to Failure many more times than they will achieve. And when you do Fail it doesn't mean that you are worthless or not meant to do great things, its just means that you have a lot more to learn before you're able to reach your true potential. Failure is only a validation that nothing is absolute, and it's the thing that makes our accomplishments so meaningful. It is our Failures, not our accomplishments that provides us with the wisdom to mentor and inspire those who will come after us.
So take what you will from this series. Because it will not be about praising the triumph of heroes or recognizing the great deeds by the Kings of our past. It isn't about showing you your best, it's about recognizing your worst. Because without Failure there can be no Victory.