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Make 2017 A Year of Failure

Readers often ask me, “How do you get so much done?”

Charles Chu
Jan 1, 2017 · 2 min read

In 2016, I traveled to 6 countries, launched a high-traffic blog, and quit freelancing to write full-time. To everyone but myself, it looks like 2016 was a year of effortless wins.

It’s all an illusion — 2016 was the worst year of my life.

Here are some ways I failed.

I failed in relationships.

In May, My girlfriend left me. I spent over half of my savings on flights and hotels trying to fix the relationship. There was one week in July where I did nothing but cry on a beach in South Korea.

I failed in business.

I started two blogs. Nobody read them. I spent dozens of hours writing and didn’t get a single reader. I had no idea what I was doing. I tried to start a business importing comics from Japan. That was a terrible flop. I didn’t sell a single thing.

I failed in health.

The stress of an unstable income and a failing relationship went straight to my belly. Normally a health nut, I stopped exercising and started eating junk. I gained over 5kg in a month. Friends and family started asking me how I got so fat so fast.

Those were just the highlights. Hate mail from readers, mocking comments from relatives, strange late-night episodes with women — it went on and on and on.

In 2016, I failed, hurt, cried and stumbled more than ever before.

And that is why I succeed.

Every rejection, every misstep, every embarrassment in front of thousands of people — these are the currencies that make the stuff of success.

Each time I fell and got back up, I was a little stronger, a little smarter, and a little bit different from everyone else.

We are afraid to fail… And that is the very reason we do fail.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill

How to Win 2017

2016 was the worst year of my life, but it was also the best year of my life. If I could go back and relive it, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Here’s a tip to help you make 2017 a year of big wins, fruitful relationships and dreams achieved: make it a year of failure. Every evening this year, before you go to bed, ask yourself, “Did I fail today?”

If you haven’t failed today, you’ve failed.

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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