“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” ~ C.S. Lewis
My Friend, I have some news to share: You are going to fail.
That sounds kind of harsh, but I know you want the truth from me.
It’s a part of the journey we are on. Gird yourself and prepare: it will come along.
Failure will happen to you.
In following your road, you will make some mistakes along the way, in fact you need too. Some really big ones.
This is how you grow. There can be no creation or growth without some pain. It will shape you, mold you. Like refining silver, you have to purge the impurities. It’s going to be hard, but it’s the only way.
To paraphrase the movie ‘Apollo 13’, ”Failure is not an option.” That’s very true, failure is not optional … in fact, it’s a necessity. Don’t fear failure. Since I’m quoting art, how about this one: “Fear is the little death.” (Dune) To fear failure is to lose the battle before beginning it. Fear tells us to keep ourselves bottled up and protected. It tells us to play it safe. It warns of impending failure. Fear lies to us, deceives us into thinking that if we fail, our dreams are over.
Sorry. It’s just not true.
Failure Brings You Closer to Your Goal
Here’s the truth: Failure helps you succeed. It shows you what not to do or when something doesn’t work. It is the fertilizer for experience. In my career I’ve failed more than I’ve succeeded, if you want to keep a record. I’ve been fired, mocked and even booed off stage more than once. I’ve had my phone, my lights and my water cut off. I’ve had my car repossessed and evicted from my home. If i hadn’t been to the bottom, I sincerely couldn’t be as grateful as I am. I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this to you.
I’ve been robbed, protested, preached against, assaulted. I’ve been cheated, swindled and lied to. I could fill a book with promises that have not been kept. Show biz. Because of my faith, I can say that I’ve forgiven all of these. I believe in the greatness of the human spirit. I’ve failed, and I’ve kept on down the road.
Failure is the potential of success, not yet fully realized.
So Now What?
You need to keep dreaming. Keep moving down your road. What we have is this moment; so treasure what it holds. Keep breathing.
When you stop dreaming, you become afraid. You get paralyzed, and that is where you really fail.
You will mess up. You will fall down. On your face. Hard. It will hurt.
“The righteous man falls seven times but rises again.”
Not once, not twice — but seven times. Getting back up produces character and character produces hope.
With failure comes perseverance. With perseverance comes success.
Keep failing, keep learning. Failing means you’re doing. And if you are doing … you’re growing.