Failed and bored?

Is your life stuck in a rut? Are you bored with your dead-end job? Are you among those who live a life without fun and excitement? If so, don’t lose hope because many others share your concerns.

For most of us, the reason we don’t make any changes in our personal and business lives is fear. Fear of failure in achieving our goals paralyses and prevents us from going after a different choice because we don’t have a perfectly formulated action plan. Therefore, we feel hopeless and bored with our life and the same old routine of going to work, coming home, and watching Netflix.

So, how can we reverse this vicious cycle? For starters, we must realise that success does not come from planning; it comes from seizing opportunities when they appear.

And how can we convert those opportunities into success? Simply by failing. Most of us don’t take delight in failure and try to avoid it. However, we should support and promote it. Why? Because trial and error, and the failed efforts that unavoidably result, usually prompt advancements in our expertise. So, try. Make mistakes. And learn from the failed attempts.

In particular, we all desire to experience greater enjoyment in our lives. But how does pleasure lead to success?

For starters, attempting to find activities that we believe we will enjoy can open up new opportunities. Besides, to reap the full benefits that new experiences offer, we need to ensure the amount of fun in our lives outweighs the negatives.

Contrary to common sense, having fun isn’t difficult, but many people are too scared to make the effort. Don’t be one of them. Take a leap of faith to the fun side of life!

In other words, instead of staying away from failure, encourage it. While some things don’t work out, you may miss out on incredible opportunities by not attempting anything at all.

Summing-up: get out there, meet new like-minded individuals and cultivate relationships with people who encourage you. As Albert Einstein once said: “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Actionable advice

One exceptional opportunity: try the “Failed and Bored Conference” and meet people from all walks of life. It will be an enriching experience for both you and them.

Date & Time: 28 September 2019 9:00–18:00

Venue: University of Innsbruck, Austria

Info & Registration

About the authors

Mohammad Rezaei is the chair of MCAA Austrian chapter and has a PhD in chemical process engineering from the University of Linz in Austria. He is currently a post-doc in the field of membrane separation technologies. His research is focused on water desalination, waste discharge brine management, and industrial light body wines and spirits productions using membrane distillation technology. Mohammad is the lead organiser of the “Failed and Bored Conference.”

Carolina Reyes is a microbiologist. Currently, she is at the University of Vienna, Austria in the Department of Environmental Geosciences as a post-doc. Previously she was at the University of Bremen, Germany also as a post-doc. Her research interests involve understanding the role of microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles, including iron, copper cycles, and marine sediments. Carolina is the vice-chair of MCAA Austrian chapter.

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