Reflections: Can We Learn from our Failures?

Reflections: Can We Learn from our Failures?

Welcome to some more reflections. When I look back at my life and the mistakes I have made, and the failures I have experienced, then I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have it any other way. They say that with age comes wisdom and acceptance and maybe that’s the reason I say I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have an incredible wife and three beautiful children who give me so much joy every day. A dear friend once said to me “the real problems in life are the things that money can’t fix” and that is so true.

I think my saving grace over time was the fact that I was hard on myself when I had to perform but not too hard on myself when I “failed” or made mistakes. Einstein said: “Failure is not the opposite of success, it is part of success.” I think it all boils down to not letting success get to your head and not allowing failure to get to your heart. I am an incredibly competitive person that hates losing and therefore I can often dwell on losses and failures. Being grateful for what I have and appreciating the blessings I receive everyday makes me accept the failures and mistakes I have made more easily.

I would like to end off with one of my favorite quotes of all time by Theodore Roosevelt. This quote is becoming more and more valid as social media trolls become more prevalent.

“Do not waste your time worrying about what other people think or say. Just keep your head down, work hard and be honest and show up everyday.”

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For more reflections, check out:

  1. The Sentiment of Not Looking Back but Forward
  2. Debunking Humility: The Road to Modesty 
  3. The Lighthouse Analogy


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