A meditation on Failure

Okay, we all have failed at one point or another in some area of our lives and its a sure bet that more failures and setbacks are on the horizon. So what are we to do if failure is going to happen and we cannot stop it.

I am not sure when my interest in learning and teaching others to fail better started but I think its been a recent thing, over the last couple of years, since I have been coaching college students. Sometime after my interest in failing better started I found the Samuel Beckett quote, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail better.” The quote proved at least one thing that failing better is not an original idea which probably is not a surprise.

When I think about failing better, learning from our failures and doing things better, I know it’s a process and its one of those lifetime practices that is likely to yield results in short and long-term. When I talk about failure I am trying to start a conversation that many of us don’t want to have because we often struggle with our failures on a number of levels but how we deal with our failures is up to us, we get to choose whether we fail better or not.

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