positive failure

Is it sad that the character I’ve related to and loved the most in the past three years is Ward fucking Meachum?

I think this is one of the most important lessons in Naruto. True strength isn’t about being a prodigy or a genius, it’s about getting up after life gets you down.

Lately I’ve been feeling like a total failure due to some stuff irl, but then I thought of this little but awesome panel. Failure is not trying, failure is giving up; but failing doesn’t make you a failure! I believe the only time you can truly succeed is after you’ve failed, because that means you learned and had the strength to get back up!

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“Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.”

When it comes to being gentle, start with yourself. Don’t get upset with your imperfections. Being disappointed by failure is understandable, but it shouldn’t turn into bitterness or spite directed at yourself.
—  St. Frances de Sales (via OptimisticallyAstray)
Failure is unavoidable.  It’s present where ever you look. With what ever you do. But it all depends on how you handle it, and avoid that unsettling feeling of defeat.  When you fail, get up, dust yourself off, and try again.  Don’t let the smaller setbacks prevent you from reaching your ultimate and overpowering end goal.

You will fail. Especially in the beginning. You will fail. And that’s not just OK, it’s essential. Without resilience, the first failure is also the last—because it’s final.

Those who are excellent at their work have learned to comfortably coexist with failure. The excellent fail more often than the mediocre.

They begin more. They attempt more. They attack more. Mastery lives quietly atop a mountain of mistakes.

The exceptional artist throws away hundreds of photographs. The exceptional writer wears out the eraser. The exceptional investor puts money into losing ventures. If every risk you take pays off, then you probably aren’t actually taking risks. We don’t want to excuse recklessness and foolishness as “just taking risks,” but we should understand that those who have built true excellence in their lives are always fighting at the edges of their ability.

What distinguishes the exceptional from the unexceptional? A willingness to fail, and an exceptional ability to learn from every failure.

—  Eric Greitens from Resilience


Self-sabotage is knowing exactly what you need to do to improve but not doing it. It’s procrastinating doing the very things that you know will make you happier. It’s waiting till things are 100% perfect till you do them, but that of course never happens. It’s remaining in the comfort zone because of the fear of failure or uneasiness of change. It’s a mindset that you may be completely unaware of until you really think about it. So think about it. Are you a prisoner of your own thoughts? If you are, take responsibility and acknowledge you put yourself into that prison. But know that you have the power to free yourself.
—  Caitlin Japa