What does your mind conjure up when you see the word?
You. Failed. Period.
Maybe you see the little kid ashamed of themselves for not studyuling more for a test. Maybe that kid is you.
Maybe you see an athlete that didn’t make the cut, and entrepreneur that had a business go belly up.
What is Failure? Why is it so bad?
I don’t use failure in my vernacular for the most part. The kids are not privvy to the concept. Yet.
As a society we are groomed to pass tests, to fit the curriculum of a particular established institution.
An institution that is falling apart, and incapable of producing the critical thinkers and revolutionaries that we so desperately need in the eleventh hour of our current incarnation of civilization.
The system is designed to create workers for consumerism. And we are marching into a post consumer automated society at best, or a zombie apocalypse at worst. Likely though for the next few decades something in the middle.
Unless we reevaluate the concept of failure. We watch our tiny people grow up and don’t chastise them for toddli g or making mistakes or being incapable of doing high order math at 3 years old. We allow the to fail and they learn and grow.
Then they turn 5 years old. The magic number where us acceptable to destroy their very core of learning and growth, and shame them for not living up to some sort of generalized expectation.
Memorize and regurgitate. Show the work. Or you fail.
And failure is bad.
And then they slowly lose their spark, or become the habitual failure and are ostracized, and slowly kicked out of the system with no where to go.
But they can somehow figure out how to change a tire or a diaper, cook swell food, read, write, do applied math, research, and do all that critical thinking that the institutions that boot them so desperately need.
And although it generally happens later in life, they tend to have more life satisfaction.
And their obedient “successful ” counterparts, rarely actually reach that feeling of success they were told to go for, they’re secure, but not happy.
Risk and failure are best buddies, and if looked at as opportunity to grow, can be the most exhilarating experience to be had, and the most effective way to grow and feel fulfilled.
So go out. Take risks. Fail. Learn. Repeat.