Failure—nobody wants to admit it, but everyone has done it. There is such a negative stigma around the words fail and failure. What people seem to forget is that failing and failure is a part of life. No one, and I mean no one, will get through life never making a mistake. That is just not how life works.
What is something that you have failed at? What did you do? I have just recently gone through an experience that some people would describe as a failure. I have decided going into my junior year of college that I want to change my major. Instead of studying Merchandising for design, I am now studying Journalism and creative writing. Kind of a big leap, I know. To many people, this may seem like a failure, especially considering how much I loved the design program. The truth of it is that I was not succeeding the way I should have been, because I was not where I was supposed to be.
Failure tells us more about ourselves than our success ever will. Through my ‘failure’ in the design program, I have learned that I enjoy writing, and not only that but that I am good at it. I am a good writer and instead of focusing on my failure in design, I will use it to my advantage, focus on my future, and walk in my destiny. Failure is not defeat; it is transition, illumination, and clarity.
“I have not failed. I have found 10,000 things that do not work.” -Thomas Edison
Failure is all about perspective. So what is your perspective? Did you really fail, or did you find a few different ways that did not work?
Originally posted on The Odessey Online