This is not a word that brings happy thoughts. In fact, it is something we avoid so much that we often miss opportunities because we see the risk of failure that is attached. Failure is something we all must face at some point in our lives. From grades, to relationships, to careers. We will climb, and we will fall, eventually.
The ugly truth is we can fear failure so much that we spend more time focusing on it than dreaming and creating. We may not take a high powered job because we are afraid we cannot handle it, and we will fail. We may trade one major in college for a safer one because we are afraid we will fail if we are challenged too much. We may not stick with relationships long enough to let them flourish because if it fails, we will be heartbroken. In fact, we have given the fear of failure a great deal of power over our lives.
If there is anything I have learned, it is that I would not be the strong, confident, and intelligent woman I am right now if I did not take risks. I used to hide in fear, not believing I could do the things I wanted to do. It all boiled down to my fear of failing myself and the ones I respect and love. It took some major failures for me to find out that I was stronger than I thought. Then, it took a great deal of risk to get to where I am now. I am not even close to done as I know I will continue to risk failure because each time I do, I grow, learn, and discover even more about myself. I now know I must fail many times before I will succeed a few. I also know, the success is worth it because I will have earned it.
The next time you consider turning down an opportunity, or cast aside a dream, think about the reason behind it. Do you not want the opportunity, or are you afraid you will fail? Take more chances, aim for more dreams, and when you fail, try again.