Having spent years talking with hundreds of young entrepreneurs and students, one topic that continues to pop up again and again is the notion of failure and how to deal with it. For some bizarre cultural reasons failing is something which is still not accepted in large parts of Europe. People fear that they will be marked for life if they fail, that they won’t get another job if their startup went down the drain, and that people will look down on them.

It drives me crazy.

Fear of failure is the number one reason why some of the best companies are never built, why some of the most important discoveries are never made and why people spend forty years in jobs they hate (or are indifferent about, at best). All for the perceived benefit of a “secure job.”

I don’t know how to change a whole culture other than to try and change it person by person (which is the reason why I cherish every interaction I have with an aspiring entrepreneur). It’s simple–just ask yourself this one question: If I fail, what’s the worst that can happen?

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If your answer is not death, complete financial ruin for the rest of my life, or a significant illness–do it. There is nothing to fear. Worst case, you fail and learn something. And that something will be more than you could ever learn from a book, a college course or any other form of education. More likely you will actually not completely fail, and something will come out of it. One thing often leads to another. You just need to start walking.

The next time you hear someone say that she failed, ask: “What did you learn?” And congratulate her on her gumption and the general awesomeness of starting.

About the author

Pascal Finette

Pascal Finette

Pascal is the Managing Director of Singularity University's Startup Lab. He is also an entrepreneur, coach, and speaker who has worked in Internet powerhouses, such as eBay, Mozilla, and Google, and Venture Capital—starting both a VC firm and accelerator program.

  • I realized that fear of failure was preventing me from making a financial investment in my business idea, and once I realized that was the real problem, I was able to move forward. I still have mornings when I wake up thinking “this will never work”, but I don’t stay in that place for long; I try to start problem-solving instead and it works!

  • Hanna Boyd

    @opportunityknits:disqus , thank you so much for sharing! I have recently made a conscious effort to consider whether my choosing not to do bold things is less out of “logic” and more out of fear. The answer: I have indeed shied away from opportunities based on the excuse that it would not be financially viable. In all actuality, if I confront the fear behind taking the financial leap and do what I’m passionate about, the money will follow. I trust in this because when I love what I do, I pour my heart and mind into it–when my heart and mind are truly present in my work, it hardly feels like “work” anymore and I naturally do a bang-up job (salary + raises will follow).

  • I still think that a way to overcome failure is to reframe it’s definition (i.e. re-brand the word). To me, failure is only failure if you don’t start, if you stop, or if you go against what you feel is morally right. That’s it. Everything else is just learning =).

  • Diane Clark

    I believe it is society that gets in our way. We believe we have to strive for something, and failure is just not an option. When someone does fail, we look around and the first reaction is pity, not joyous for the attempt.

  • Skowronssj06

    Failure. I think about it all the time- in everything I do. I am an undergraduate pre-med student with a lot of hard work and school ahead of me. I have all these obstacles I have to overcome in order to keep on achieving my dream. Well in my head I say, OK- take the MCAT test, get into medical school, pass the other tests, finish residency and become a dermatologist. Easy right? Well my brain is telling me no- what if I fail the MCAT and have to wait another year to take it. What if it don’t get into medical school? All these failures pop into my mind. But becoming a doctor that can help people medically is my dream and I am going to push my fear of failing aside and try my absolute best. And I have to tell myself that if I do fail at these things, I can just try again until I succeed. I agree that just giving up because you think you might fail is very senseless. What you said about the companies that could have been built or important discoveries that could have been made is mid-blowing. It’s crazy to think that people back out of business plans and research that could have saved people or made a difference just because of their fear. Even if you try and fail- you learned something. You learn that everything isn’t going to work out and you have to accept how things are- because it will not always be in your favor.

  • ryanhaberer

    Failure is such a hard fear to overcome. People say to overcome your fear, but if you do make this decision and it fails you could be out money that you could never be able to pay back. So how do you know when the risk is really worth it? Nobody can seem to answer this question. Many people have a ton of interesting business ideas, but not many people have mentors or people to talk to discuss things with to find out of their idea could work or not or how to put it into the works to make it successful. I wish there was a way to find the right people to talk to about your business idea.

  • Abbey Stibbs

    This article was extremely inspiring to me. Although it was rather short, the author made an excellent point about failing; it’s not the end of the world. People are going to fail at something every day, and they cannot get upset about it. It happens to everybody, and you learn from it. I feel like this information can be beneficial for everybody because there are several people out there in the world that are afraid of getting shot down, or failing. I think it is important for people to realize that it is the only way that you are going to learn. If I had the chance to speak with the author, I would ask him at what point in his life did he realize all of this, and what inspired him to write such a intriguing article.

    Thank you,
    Abbey Stibbs

  • jmpatridge

    The definition of failure to me is to be a drug attic. A lot of people think of failure as getting bad grades or being in a financially bad spot. But failure to me is someone that loves their drugs more then they love the people around them willing to support them. Growing up I have seen many “failures” and to not succeed in a business doesn’t even cross my mind as a failure just a lesson.

  • Alyssa Schragen

    I am in awe with your article. I agree with every single statement you wrote about. I have learned throughout my life that the only times I feel I have failed is when I know I didn’t try my best. Failure is caused by the person seeking to fail, failure is never caused by others. You chose the way to live your life, you chose to succeed or to not try. Failure.. its at your own risk.

  • sgawinski

    It’s true. We do need to start thinking of it in a “what’s the worst that can happen?” or “why not?” type of way instead of just blindly avoiding taking any type of risk because we are scared to fail. This is something we all have to constantly remind ourselves of because it seems to be the way that we’re wired that we just don’t want to fail. It’s a great point to ask yourself “what did I learn from this” and go from there. Even if something is a “failed” effort- at least you tried, and if you learned a little or a lot from it then it was a great learning experience!

  • hirthjp18

    The fear of failure is so real and really does stop people from doing great things. The way I look at failure is that you never know when that one time you do try is going to lead to something great. As an athlete failure is as real as it gets. You just have to learn what went wrong and how you can change it for next time. Some of the best athletes have failed but what made them great is there ability to learn from failure and try again.

  • thanks for this insight! I agree that your perspective on failure is hugely important

  • Kent Miehe

    Thank you for sharing! I agree that failure enhances learning. Too many times we look at failure as such a negative thing, when really, the things we learn from it will make us stronger and smarter for moving forward. What can someone do that has bad luck with failure? Someone that keeps failing may get down on themselves, but how can they learn to look past it and learn from it?

  • Zintia Martinez

    I heard this a few times and I also used it several times. It think is becoming famous as we are not ready no fail and they do not teach FAIL 101 at schools. However, it is a good question to ask ourselves as we need to be ready. Even sometimes we think we have everything to win and we have the knowledge of the outcomes if we fail we are still not ready for it. But what we learn from it will make our product better and I always said this is not the time but it is coming. Preparing people to fail most be hard, however this should be something instructors should be talking a little bit more. I actually heard from a speaker in my class “the earlier you fail the better”.

  • Alise Brown

    What is life without risk? I think that people are scared because of the uncertainty of the future and what is going to happen. If you aren’t taking chances then you aren’t getting the rewards of them either, and then you are living to just be alive. I think that even though you know that things may not work out or people may perceive you for something that failed, all you can do is prove them wrong and prove yourself right.

  • knapprl17

    I have heard that question a few times before. I also believe that it is important to look at failures as experiences and learning opportunities. How do you stay positive and focus on the lessons instead of the downside of failures?

  • priperotti

    This is so true! Failures makes us learn and be a better version of ourselves or just improve our performance in something. When you don’t even try, that is failing. You are failing to learn.

  • Skowronssj06

    I absolutely love this article! Everyone has fears, one of mine happens to be failing. I want to go to medical school but the thought of not getting in is so scary. I tell myself every day to just work hard and try, that’s all I have to do is try. And if I don’t get in, well I tried and I can learn from this experience that maybe it wasn’t meant to be. That is why I always have a backup plan. But to not try and not do it because you have a fear of failing is ridiculous like you said. One of my favorite sayings is, “You will never know until you try.” So I live by that motto and pursue things that I am not sure the outcome but I am willing to find out.

  • mankobj22

    I think that the best way to change this culture that is so fearful of failure is to change how we view failure. I think that you absolutely hit the nail on the head when you say that instead of feeling sorry for someone, we need to ask about what was learned and congratulate them for trying in the first place. Without trying something new, nothing will be advanced and nothing new will be created. We will be stuck in fear, running in place and wondering why we aren’t going anywhere.

  • JeremyWahl

    this article is inspirational. whatever doesnt kill you makes you stronger. dont be afraid to fail and take chances. if you dont take chances, you will never know what could have been. without trying something new, we may not have all of the luxuries we have today. in some people, failure is paralyzing and it stops them in their tracks but you have to learn to break through.

  • Jresnic1

    The way failure is viewed in school now has this huge negative connotation. When you fail a test it shows that you didn’t know the material. Once coming out of school failure is not so much about a test but it is about learning. If you take a risk and fail, you still learned something. Failing should not be about the grade but about concepts the theories that were tested. If you don’t truly know the information then you didn’t learn and deserve to fail but if you tried and confused a concept learning still took place.

  • knapprl17

    I like the question you put at the end, “What did you learn?” Every event that happens in our life happens for a reason. We may not know that reason at the time but even if we “fail” I believe it still happened for a reason and we will be able to learn from it or take something from it that allows us to move onto bigger and better things in the future.

  • Ananda Conlon

    My generation has been raised on the notion of “trophies for trying.” As a child, every year my soccer team would get a trophy even if we never won a single game. In theory, that is great. In truth, this probably ruined my generation when it comes to failure. We did not learn to deal with this during our formative years. I am a senior this year, and the job search is right around the corner for myself and my peers. It can be frustrating to get rejected from a company. It is interesting to see how people handle this. It is important to keep in mind that there are other opportunities that will come your way.

  • Alex Prailes

    I love this article! It is very frustrating to hear that people are so afraid of failure. Failure is something that doesn’t necessarily feel the greatest when you have such high hopes and expectations of something, however it’s not the end of the world if you fail. Failing at something allows you to see ways to improve your idea to become best. If you don’t fail to seek ways to make it better then you will settle with being “good enough”.

  • Taylor

    I agree with you Ananda the ‘trophies for trying’ has ruined our generation. We do not know how to deal with failure, most people cannot see the value in experiences that did not go the way they wanted them to. I think if when we were younger if we had gotten a pat on the back and someone telling us good job we would have learned how to take positives out of failures.

  • Adam

    Thank you for this post. Everyone has to fail before they succeed. For every failure there is a lesson learned and experience that is gained in the process. I think that failure improves strength and self-worth. It is difficult to appreciate succeeding if you have not failed on the path to get there.

  • Glassborow

    Thank you for this article, it’s really inspired me! I am one of those people who definitely fears failure. From failing my exams to not getting a job that I applied for, its hard for me to overcome it, but this has made me think of trying things in a new way, I can learn from my mistakes and make myself better for the next time a try which will therefore make me more confident. What was the first failure you made?

  • earose14

    Failure is not something people need to hang there heads about. People need to learn from there mistakes and move on. Its all a process of learning new things and succeeded from your failure. As long as you dont give up and never stop trying to make yourself better it shouldnt be considered failure. Take things step by step and eventually it will all come together. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tom Ashmus

    I agree with this article but I think that It needs to go a little bit further. But yes, what is the worst that can happen? A majority of the time, the worst that can happen is you fail. Yea you might loose a decent amount of money, but in the end, if you didn’t try, then you didn’t do anything. ALl that matters is that try.

  • Tom Ashmus

    I agree, people now are too afraid to fail. This country was founded on failure. All the way back to Columbus. Without failure, there is no progress. It is never the end of the world if you fail, you always have to keep on going.

  • Leahrebout

    I am definitely one of those people guilty of being afraid of failure. Although I am not planning on starting a business anytime soon, I unfortunately do not take near enough risks in other ventures due to the fear of failing. Everytime I don’t take a risk I have regret because of it and so in that sense I still fail so I don’t know why it is so hard to get over. I will have to start asking myself “what’s the worst that can happen” because truly the outcome if you fail is never that horrible like you said. Thanks for sharing!

  • Leahrebout

    What a cool concept! Just by looking at the word failure differently can change how we approach it. We have the opportunity to learn from every situation we encounter, whether we succeed or fail at it, there is something we can take away from that. So really instead of being afraid of failure we are afraid of learning which should never be the case. Thanks for sharing!

  • Shaquille Boswell-Downey

    As young people we dont know how to deal with failure so we develop fear. We never want to explore or do anything productive or anything that could possibly make us experience that failure. We want to be the best at everything we do and once we see something that we think we cant do we run away because of fear. I believe that anything is possible and failure is inevitable. Its going to happen sooner or later and at the end of the day, we are all going to die someday anyways so we might as well enjoy while we can.

  • Caleb Franklin

    Thanks for the article. I think the reason that the fear of failure is so intense is because there is such a stigma with failure in society today. If you fail at something, even if it’s minor, you find it hard to face people that know you failed. If anyone played sports in high school you know the feeling of facing people who watched your game after you lost your team the game and even if they weren’t negative, you have a feeling of slight embarrassment. But why? Something as minor as that you shouldn’t feel embarrassed by it, but many people are because of the social stigma that goes along with failure.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    This is absolutely stop on! If you try and fail and then begin to try again you never truly failed. Another way you can fail is just building upon your point of “if you don’t start.” To build on that is if you do start, fail, and then refuse to start again that is failure. If you try and fail you can’t say at least you tried. That is when you fail. You have to keep striving forward until you finally achieve when you set out for in the first place.

  • Andrew Bliefernicht

    This is absolutely true! If you try and fail and think to yourself, “at least I tried” that is when you truly fail. You have to learn from it and keep on striving forward with improvements you implement until you succeed. Never settle for at least I tried.

  • Abbey Stibbs

    Thank you for the post! I think it is really important to acknowledge your failures, and take it into account and learn from the mistakes that you made. I am a college student, and I have made countless mistakes in my life. There were times where I thought that my world was going to end because I didn’t do something correctly on a project or paper. Sometimes I would freak out if I got a lower grade on something then I was used to. I have realized over the past couple of years that I cannot be perfect at everything I do, and that there will be things that I struggle with. I have learned that I have to take my failures into account and realize what I have learned from them and use that knowledge in the future.

  • Kaylee Raucci

    Thank you for the post! I agree with what you had to say. It is sad that people are afraid to fail, that they think it is literally the worst thing that will ever happen to them. The truth is some of the worlds best inventions come from failure. People have to fail to learn from their mistakes and get better. Failing is not bad, at the moment you may feel down in the dumps but you get over it. We move on and we learn from it. I think people are just afraid of the word failure. It basically says you didn’t do what you planned on doing, and you can’t try again. But you need to try again and this is what people do not see. Once they fail they feel they are a let down and will be embarrassed to try again because they do not want to fail again, and it is a continuous cycle. You just have to find out how to break this cycle and find the confidence to succeed.

  • Kelly Martin

    This article was very interesting and it replicates talks I have had with other students or professionals time and time again. Failure is a milestone, without failure you cannot have growth. Everyone is Afraid if it for many reasons. However, it depends how you handle the failure and how you move on from it. Thank you for writing this!

  • shackletka05

    You make a perfect point! Not going after a goal or idea of some kind with the fear of failure is failing in itself. Steps should be taken forward in confidence things will work out but also the possibility it may not with an open mind to change whatever is needed.

  • Eric H

    So many people in the world are afraid to fail. I don’t understand it. I think it is a natural instinct to be afraid to fail because everyone looks at failure as a bad thing. Nobody wants the embarrassment or disappointment from others, and that’s why I think failure is so scary.Failure can, however,be a positive thing. By failing you can look back at your mistakes and fix them for the next attempt. If you are afraid to go for it all, how can anything ever great be created?

  • Dannielle Wagner

    I have a serious fear of failure…I take it way too personally. I think this article puts failure in perspective for me. Honestly what is the worst that could happen if I fail? Well my feelings get hurt and for a while I might lose my drive to try again…but that drive will resurface and I will just try again until I make something good happen. Perseverance beats failure!

  • SasCas116

    I really appreciate this article, thank you Pascal for posting this! I too, find myself asking what is the worst that can come out of this? If I fail what will I learn? That’s such a strong statement to ponder on too. Even if you do you fail, you’re bound to learn something from that failure. So I really pose the question, is it failing if something was produced from it?

  • SasCas116

    You are very right Dannielle! There is a verse that I love to think of from the bible in the book of James. It says that the testing of your faith produces perseverance and that perseverance can have its perfect work in us and we will lack nothing. So when you said that perseverance beats failure, I thought of that immediately. There is no need to have a fear of failure, because something always good comes from it! If we suffer, we will always have growth!

  • thomas kearney

    I think failure is almost everyone’s number one fear. I think failure can really teach you a lot of things especially humility. I think failure can have a person look at a situation in a different sense. I teaches you that you really have to work for whatever you put your mind to and sometimes it may not be as easy as planned. Failure can easily be taking as a positive than a negative

  • Luke Drumel

    Pascal, your very precise and on point that failure does cause some of the greatest companies to never be built which is unfortunate but its reality. I feel the reason most starts up feel that way is because they think they are fearing death, or complete finiancal ruin and totally freaks them out from the get go. If only people could dig a little deeper, move on and learn something from it.

  • B Keng

    Great article! If you do fail, you take the time to know what you did that made you fail. Success comes from learning from past failures and if you can’t than you can never succeed. But isn’t it worth it to expect and experience a failure sometime in life.

  • hmcavey

    A hundred fails is worth that one perfect achievement. Failing is a part of life and will always remain so. You don’t need to always take a giant leap of faith into the unknown, take baby steps. If you do choose to take the giant leap of faith, remember the worst that can happen is really not the worst thing to happen to you.

  • Katelyn Vaughn

    I agree! Failure is a learning experience and it is a way for us to improve ourselves and shape us into the individuals we want to be. If you are afraid to fail and you don’t try, what are you going to learn? Maybe if you get over your fear of failure, you may really surprise yourself!

  • Katelyn Vaughn

    I really relate to your comment, Abbey. I think that through mistakes and failures you can become a stronger individual and with every mistake you gain a learning experience. Making mistakes in a part of life, and everyone fails at one point or another. I use to put so much pressure on myself to be perfect in everything I did and to do everything without fail. But like you said, I too learned that there is no such things as a perfect person. Although I get very frustrated when I make a mistake or fail at something, I have realized that with those mistakes comes wisdom and it makes you more relatable to other individuals.

  • Katelyn Vaughn

    I agree with your post, Shaquille. I think that many people, including myself, are afraid to fail. We are afraid to make mistakes and failures because we do not want other people around us to think of us in a negative way, so we take ourselves away from new experiences and challenges. I have also began to realize that failure is a part of life, and without it we would not be able to grow and learn from our past mistakes.

  • Katelyn Vaughn

    I agree with your post, Adam. I think that in order to be successful and learn, it is necessary to experience failure. I believe that through failure comes wisdom.

  • Katelyn Vaughn

    I agree with you, Amanda. Kids are growing up in a society where if you try something and fail, you still get awarded so it does not really feel like a failure. Once they grow up, when they fail (because it will happen) they will take those failures negatively because “they never failed at anything before”. Individuals today need to realize that failure and making mistakes is a part of life and helps to shape and mold you into the person you become.

  • rped

    I loved how this article opened with the example about how some parts of Europe STILL has a stigma tagged to the daring entrepreneur. That if a person “fails” in a venture they will be pegged for life. This is also true in a lot of our culture here in America and still throughout the world. I am a perpetual entrepreneur myself. I have started and ended business that have failed, and some have succeeded all on different levels. The script that I still have to remind myself to run in my head is: “Whats the worst that can happen.” The title and thesis of this article. Really, what is the worst that will happen. You might lose all of your money, you might lose your credit score, you might lose credibility in certain circles, you might lose hope and become severely depressed, you might lose your family and marriage and the list goes on…
    So, one needs to really ask themselves. What is the worst than can happen…and then ask yourself if starting this venture with those possibilities in mind and if it’s worth it to you. BUT, then ask yourself the opposite positives and ask yourself the same questions.
    Great Article. Really makes you think…

  • JeremyWahl

    I think that if you do not fail at least once, you will not know how to improve yourself and if you do not know how to improve yourself, you will always make the same mistakes. You can not be afraid to fail because that shows weakness in not believing in your product.

  • BastarKm06

    I love this! I cant explain how much I agree with this. I try to always think about this when things happen in my life, and it makes me feel a lot better about myself!

  • BastarKm06

    I agree! Failure is the best learning experience you can have in my opinion. You can learn so much from it! Never let failure get you down, let it help you!

  • BastarKm06

    I agree, failure will always be a part of life. Instead of looking at it as something bad, learn something from it. Use it to better you, not hurt you. When you achieve something, all those failures will be worth it.

  • Skalahe13

    I love this post. Failure is absolutely the best way to learn. Theres two ways to look at failure. 1. let it define you and see is as a bad thing or 2. learn from it. Failing can teach you so much if you just look at as a positive and break it down and learn from it. Never be afraid of failure because youre only going to learn from your mistakes.

  • DuchAM21

    I really liked this blog! It is hard to think of failure as a good thing, but there always is a lesson that can be taken away from it, in the worst situation. I have thought of ideas myself, but just think of all of the financial debt I would be in if the startup did not work. It is hard to take the big risk when it is you who could be affected. I really give credit to the individuals who are big risk-takers and are successful entrepreneurs.

  • hansends21

    Anyone looking back on their life can think of many times they have failed at something. Most of the time they will find a positive experience that came out of that later down the line. Be in it for the long run, if failure ultimately brings success, bring it on!

  • Maggie Hansen

    I really enjoyed this article. I completely agree with that not doing because of fear is worse than doing it and failing at it because at least you tried other than just not doing it at all. In life you can’t live your everyday in fear, you won’t get anywhere..

  • Maggie Hansen

    I like how you say take the baby steps. My coaches always say to us that this is a process and to just focus on the process and not the outcome of things because then you aren’t actually seeing what is right in front of you then and there.

  • whwatkin

    I think that the reason that people put a negative light on failure is that it is what they are taught from when they are a little kid. They are taught that failure is bad and that if you fail bad things are going to happen. This is not the mistake, the mistake is not giving a solution just in case you do fail.

  • gaulrappkj17

    I think the only way to bring about change is to do it person by person. And to be honest, you are totally right about failure. We need failure to learn, if we never failed, we are like robots who never change. I guess unless someone opened up the robot and fixed things mechanically. But my point here is that we are humans, and because of that, we should fail from time to time.

  • Elaminsj25

    Failure is always hard to stomach. It’s discouraging and frustrating. It’s easy to allow failure to get the best of you, especially if it appears like everyone else is succeeding. Every time I fail, I tell myself that it just wasn’t meant to be and that something better will come along. I’m convinced that optimism is the key to success. Failure is not the end of the world. I loved this article.

  • MattDennert

    I’ve recently invested some of my money in a small buisness and I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out but at least I am going to try and I can expand my network of people for my future jobs.

  • Erin

    I loved the quote, “I don’t know how to change the whole culture, other than to try and change it person by person. This is so very true because each person has such an impact on the world without even knowing it. And the big picture can’t change unless all the small things adding up to that change. It takes small steps but it can be done.

  • ClaytonEI08

    Failure is something MOST people would probably fear the most. What failure has the tendency to do to people is make them feel inadequate, less then somebody who’s succeeded, unworthy of success. This can really hit a persons ego and self-esteem if that person were to let it. Notice I said let it. What a lot of people fail to realize, is that even the most successful people in this world have failed at something. What separates the losers from the winners though, is the ability to bounce back from failure, the ability to transform the negative pain of failure into positive energy that could catapult you to an even higher level of success then you ever imagined.

  • CPanella1

    This is perfect because with our food epidemic in America and the world we are trying to change it one person, state, country at a time. It won’t all happen at once and we can’t become discouraged when it all doesn’t change overnight. Sometimes people give up so easily because they expect this dramatic change rather than gradual. This article is perfect for how to overcome failures and turn them to success and make a new you from it!

  • CPanella1

    I love this because there is more to fear in life than failure. And the most successful people didn’t lead these perfect lives without challenges or failures and I think a lot of people don’t realize that!

  • Travis Mattice

    I like how you talk about the food epidemic in America, because it is definitely a problem we are having. It will not change overnight and that is a fact. Just keep working at it and hopefully the results start to improve.

  • Sara_Kay0316

    I agree. I always tell myself,”be prepared to fail”. I feel like most times people who fail are the one’s who get the greatest gains out of life.

  • afallon14

    Being a college student who is graduation soon, it has recently been in the back of my mind that I have not failed. I may have failed some tests along the way, but graduating is a huge accomplishment that seems like a long way away when you move in freshman year, but it flies by and you feel successful in the end.

  • Bjackson5

    Once again, failure is being misunderstood from many points of view. It isn’t that failure should be so easily accepted, nor should it be frowned upon to the point of humiliation. Failure is simply one gateway to improvement that many must experience. Room for improvement has never spoken clearer than it has through failure. Although this is true, the embarrassment felt from anticipated-failure is louder than the possible learning experience that can come from a mistake. #changethat

  • purperoar21

    Taking on something that you think is out of your reach can result in two things, success or a learning experience. If you didn’t get an opportunity you wanted, just add it to the list of experiences. Failing one thing in the scheme of life seems miniscule compared to all of the ways you can succeed in life. However, we let small failures manipulate us into not proceeding to achieve our goals.

  • Desiree

    i agree that failing isn’t the end of the world and that you can learn from them, the most successful people failed plenty of times its just how you act on it. You just have to not give up and beat yourself up a failure, all you can do is get up and do it again.

  • Kyle Gettelman

    Much agreed with many statements that this author wrote about. Failure is the biggest problem in our society today. We are trying to get people to be sucessfull at their “first-time-go” of anything. Teachers even in schools aren’t using proper phrases and empowering sentences when talking to students, but in a sense, bringing them down, and that is where this all starts. We need to change society, and we need to do it in the classrooms of the young!!!

  • Ryan Dow

    Sometimes its good to fail, that way you can figure what you did wrong. To fail is to be human, and that will never change.