How many times have you failed? How many times have you talked about it?
When I was young, I learnt failure was bad – it made me feel bad and I hated disappointing people. I didn’t talk about it. I hid it as much as I could.
When I started working, I learnt more – not only was it bad, but you had to cover it up. I talked about it in corporate jargon that made it sound positive. So, it wasn’t REALLY failure (even though everyone knew it was – we pretended) And I stopped trying things, in case I failed…
Now that I’m older, I know that failure can be a good thing. Because it means that I am trying things. I’ve learnt to start small. It still makes me feel bad, but not as much and not for as long.
But I still don’t talk about it.
So I promise to talk more about my failures now. Because I realized that talking about it and sharing it to people somewhat propels me to be self aware and then instead of just feeling bad about it, I LEARN from my FAILURES.