How many of us out there can say without a doubt that they embrace failure? To be honest, I think our first instinct is a no. Who wants to fail? I hope that answer is a big no. However, do we fail a little, sometimes, or a lot? Absolutely. It all depends on our knowledge of what we are trying to do and how big the likelihood it will.
In the end it’s how we handle those failures that matter. Do we kick ourselves in the rump and give up? Or do we say, “Okay, I failed. How can I do that better?” I hope that most of us are the later.
I know when it comes to my writing I’ve been learning a lot. Things to include. Things to not include. How to make it better. If after those first few critiques I received back and looked at them thinking, “Well, I stink.” And then thought there’d be no sense in continuing, then I’d have given up on something that has truly brought me happiness.
I’ve done a lot of different things throughout my life, but writing has come to mean the most. I love how I’ve grown and continue to grow almost on a daily basis. Will I ever fully know or understand how to write the way I need to. I don’t know. Honestly, that doesn’t matter to me. What’s most important is that I stay open to learning. No matter what live throws at me I want my writing to grow and be the best I can make it.
So do I embrace failure? To the best of my ability, yes. So, what about you? Do you embrace failure?