Failure is a Great Opportunity
Originally posted on www.gloriannerose.co on May 26, 2016
I was attending a live webinar for a Diploma in Digital Marketing course, and our instructor closed our final lecture with this quote.
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. — T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
Now it might sound quite corny or cliché. This is not the only quote of its kind, that’s true. However, I like this one because its so blatant.
Yes, we all have dreams, aspirations, ambitions. I hardly think there is a person on this Earth who does not have some form of a dream, whether grand or simple and small. But while all men may dream, not all those who dream realize those dreams. Why is that? A simple underlying difference between them is action. A dream is only a dream in your mind and in dreamland unless it becomes real. And unless you’re an unusually lucky person who somehow lives in a fairytale, those dreams do not magically come true. We’ve got to act on those ambitions, for those ambitions and dreams. We’ve got to make the move to commit to make them real, tangible.
And we know that that is no easy task.
Maybe that is why there are many who do not act on those ambitions. Because they realize that steep climb. Perhaps they see the effort that it is going to take, the sacrifice that it will demand, and maybe, just maybe, they are not quite willing to go there yet. They’re not yet willing to put in that effort, or to make that sacrifice.
Now I believe that we should not judge those who do not act on those dreams. Because we know how difficult it is. The sacrifices are not only late nights, stress and turning into the Grinch overnight. This also involves financial investment at some point, especially if you want to start out with the complete registration, papers, tax requirements, and all that hullabaloo.
So, yes. It’s hard. It can, in fact, be very, very hard. It’s not a walk in the park. But those trials and tribulations make the result all the more sweeter in the end. And there will be many trials, and many ends, and with those sweet results.
The takeaway here is actually very simple. It’s something that most of us know already, but just avoid acknowledging: you’ve got to actually get started. There are many examples of men, women, business that failed what seems like countless times before they tasted success — everyone from Thomas Edison, to Colonel Sanders.
Perhaps when we’re in these situations that seem so impossible are the times that (a) we realize that we’ve gone hypocritical yet again and finally realize that we remember our God — a lot of us are guilty of this, no matter what religion you follow — and (b) we’ve got to take a step back and look back at how we learned to walk. Before we could walk we were on our bellies, then on our knees, then up and back down, stumbling every chance we got. That was probably when we were less than a year or two old. But we did not give up then.
No, your adult situation is not comparable to a baby learning to walk, that’s true. It’s a whole lot worse, actually. But the point is, there is a way. In this day and age, there is hardly anything that you cannot do. If you’re not a good writer, you can learn to write. There are literally hundreds of legitimate resources out there, free and premium, that will teach you. If you want to learn to code, to draw, paint, sing, mix music, build a robot, almost anything you can think of. The resources are there. True, you’re not going to become a doctor through online classes, but that’s besides the point. The point is, whatever the issue may be, there are ways to overcome that, and most of them are accessible through your laptop, whether it takes a week, or a month, or a year of effort. But you’ve actually got to put in that effort.
You don’t have to be awesome at something to start it. You can be good, better. But you’ve got to put in the effort.
As Jared Leto said in his interview with Chase Jarvis of Creative Live for 30 Days of Genius, “Failure is often the thing that leads us to success, and success is often the thing that leads us to fail. So it’s a tricky one,” and “Failure is a great opportunity.”
“I only succeed a little bit because I fail a lot.”
— Jared Leto.