I really hate the term “Open Letter”, because I primarily associate it with public complaining. Some time ago I read a letter from an employee at Yelp and it was a completely crap-tastic diatribe about how she wasn’t getting paid enough, cost of living, blah blah blah. You can read it here if you want, but be warned, it’s full of “woe is me” entitled ranting. Anyways I’m getting a bit off topic. This blog post is going to be some advice I would give to my 20 year old self… really though I’m writing this for my 3 year old daughter in hopes that she may find some value in what I’m saying.
Fear of failing is worse than failing itself!
This may sound some philosophical garbage, but you can’t live your life fearing failure. One of the most brilliant minds of my generation failed fabulously multiple times. He’s the innovator who’s company brought us the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad among many other successful products. However these products came well after a multitude of failures including the Apple Lisa, Macintosh TV, the Apple III, the Powermac G4. Not only did Steve Jobs launch these numerous product failures, but he even had failed companies such as NeXT computer.
This is definitely not to say you should strive for failure. Let’s face it, failure sucks, and there’s no getting around that. It’s what you do after you fail that will define your character and possibly even your success. Failure is a necessary part of life and it’s a gift if you leverage it. From my experience, learning from failing is the fastest way to learn. You’ll have to be intentionally about it though. You can’t just expect to learn from failing by just failing. You need to analyze why you failed, what you can improve if you were in that position again, and how you can use the failure as an opportunity to become better.
But enough waxing philosophical, what I’m trying to say is don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. It’s by failing you figure out what you want to do with your life. Embrace failure as much as success. One can’t exist without the other.
And if your worried about the hard times, don’t. I can already tell you the hard times are coming, where you’re going to doubt every decision you make. It will all work out in the end. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 2 Corinthians 4:6-10 ESV
We are and will be afflicted in every way, but it’s not going to crush you, defeat you, or destroy you. In the end you’ll be stronger because of it.
Thanks and make it a great day!