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Live and learn

johnny cash failure quoteLive and learn, right?

We can all relate to this statement, but these days I use this phrase most often in the context of my business.

After all, those of us who are business owners, artists, entrepreneurs and trailblazers almost never have a smooth or well-lit path to follow.

When we commit to showing up in the world in this way, we are forced to accept that we will (mostly) be learning by doing. And this means not knowing where the next step will lead.

Inevitably, the result is tripping over a rock. In the dark. Falling.

Even worse…failing.

Some of us find it is easier to bounce back from these experiences than others. My truth: I’ve struggled in the past to get right back up, needing time for the fresh sting to subside and space to transition from harsh judgment to gentle self-acceptance. The work I’ve done to become more self-aware combined with the plentiful opportunities I have had to practice failing (and surviving to see another day!) has resulted in a more powerful, compassionate, centered me.

If you pay attention to what’s going on before and after a spectacular fall (fail), you will learn things you can’t learn any other way.

I’ve also discovered that failure, and the deep discomfort that accompanies it, is often a signal that exponential growth is right around the corner.

“There is no innovation and no creativity without failure. Period.” – Brené Brown

“Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone… If failure is not an option, then neither is success.” – Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

I truly am becoming accustomed to the ebbs and flows, joyful highs and frustrating lows of this winding path I’ve chosen. I’m increasingly more tolerant of myself, other people and imperfect processes.

What have you learned from failure? I’d love to hear your story.

Rachel

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