Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. - C. S. Lewis

Be Open to Failure

One of the reasons we hesitate to try new things is that we’re afraid to fail. Maybe we expect to fail, but we are afraid to look like a fool. We may even be a bit lazy.

But there’s so much life to live. So many things to know. So many skills to develop. So many, many opportunities to live fully and enjoy our time here on this precious planet.

Let’s not let any pesky fear of hard work, foolishness, or failure interfere with our desire to live well and meaningfully.

So, give it a try. Let yourself fall. Laugh when you mess up. Learn from your struggles. And feel joyful and youthful as you experience more of life.


  1. R says:

    Hi I was Googling the quote “Everyone has the same 24 hours” trying to remember that quote and I stumbled on your website. Then I ended up actually just reading through a bunch of your posts.

    What’s the character limit on this box? Apparently 65525.

    Well anyways, this is probably not the place to write this, but I’m going through some tough times myself right now. Not to get all espresso depresso but I’m at a crossroads about splitting with my significant other.

    It’s something we’ve been discussing because she has found herself living in a different country for work. I can’t speak the language so moving there isn’t an option right now. It dawned upon me that if it were to become permanent (and it might be who knows?), then it won’t work out between us.

    On one hand we think we should ride it out and see where it takes us, because we really don’t know yet. On the other hand if in 5 years she decides to stay there then we’ll have to split so shouldn’t we just split now and if we happen to cross paths again we can take it from there? It kind of ties in with your post about being open to failure, in this case the failure of our relationship.

    Someone might ask: “why not set an end goal to end up together somewhere.” That would be easy, but as it is she says she cannot make that commitment right now and I must respect that.

    Apologies for the wall of text haha, but any thoughts? I just realized how random this is…

    • Rachael says:

      Hey, R. Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the message. I’m always hesitant to give specific advice, and I truly believe that we all have the answers to our own questions – we just need to admit them to ourselves. Whatever your answer is, you already have it. You just need to feel confident about it. And to feel confident about it, you need to accept the consequences of your choice and know you’ll be okay regardless of the outcome. I don’t mean to be cryptic or annoyingly vague, but you really do know what’s best for you, and you really will be okay regardless of your choice. Listen to this audio/video about how nothing is permanent: Nothing Is Permanent Maybe it will help relieve some stress and remind you that you already have all the answers you need. Please keep in touch!

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