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The “f” word

In a culture saturated with highly edited film, advertisement, and storylines, it can be difficult to face with courage one of life’s most inevitable events: failure. Everyone loves the story of the self-made man or woman, the pioneer, the entrepreneur—as long as their risks secured positive results. It seems no one is listening when one takes a bold and brave new risk and it comes to naught. We don’t like stories that end in failure.

But you know what? Behind nearly every success story there are handfuls of failures. A risk is, after all, a risk. True, it would be safer not to fall in love, not to move to New York, not to apply to that school, not to take out a business loan, not to take that trip to Italy. True, at least you’re familiar with where you stand now, even if it isn’t all that great. Nonetheless, when it’s all said and done, all the good things in life are anything but safe: they are downright dangerous.

Love, business ventures, creative writing, travel, marriage, exploration, eating ice cream—everything worthwhile involves some level of risk. And every risk hazards the possibility of failure.

Do you want to live deep, and not just fast? Do you want to live from your deep heart, and stop just treading in the shallow waters? In order to dive into all that life has to offer us, we must learn to face failure head on. We need to talk about our failures, share them and reflect on them, if we want to take root and grow.

Sometimes it helps to make a list of our failures. Write them out, and give them a long look. And then, throw them away. Life’s fiascos and disasters are what make it…well, so rich and sweet. Without defeat, floundering, and collapse, victory and success would lose their luster. And today is a day to yawn and stretch and leap out of bed into the wide world of risk, life to the full; and, yes, even failure.
Sherri Rosen, Sherri Rosen Publicity, NYC

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