How To Fail: 4 Life Lessons That Can Only Be Learned Through Failure

Shifting the way we perceive failure in our own lives can reveal little wisdoms and insights that transform us into better versions of ourselves, but only if we chose to be aware and willing to adapt. We love this piece from Darling Magazine contributor, Heather Haines, for the relatable perspective on this very real-life topic. Everyone make mistakes – the beauty of being human is that we’re all capable of growing from them…

You can categorize failure any way you’d like – a malfunction of daily life, the flop of a once brilliant idea or the breakdown of a concept you believed in – but it’s all the same. This didn’t work. Depending on how badly it didn’t work, you could still be cringing ten years from now. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Many of us spend so much time focusing on the catastrophe itself, we’re unable to step back and see these little fiascos for what they are: tiny moments where we manufacture our lives. It’s like our life is an assembly line made up of experiences instead of machine parts. You can’t think of your disasters as failures because they are the very essence of maturity. They usher us in to the era of good decision making and wisdom.

Today, our newsfeeds are full of benchmark lists defining our arrival into adulthood or motherhood or senior executive status. We’re so easily led to believe that children or six-figure accounts mean achievement. Just because you can have children and succeed at a job doesn’t mean you’ve grown up.

Failures can shatter your heart, but they’ll give you an astute complexity in return. You can spend a lifetime trying to hide from them, but your life will not be complete until you’ve handled these shared dilemmas.

The point of all of your mistakes is twofold, really. Not only do you need to evolve as a person, but there’s a generation of woman behind you who are as enthusiastic and silly as you were once upon a time. They’ll have their own failures and when they do, they’ll need someone to commiserate with. So, if nothing else, think of your lifecycle of blunders as on-the-job training. I promise it will come in handy.

Here are four failures that teach very necessary lessons…

[olists num=1] What is a perceived failure that you’ve learned from? Let us know in the comments!

Read the rest  of the article @ Darling Magazine, here!

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