Fail and keep failing

“The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho

The bitter truth is that no one who’s good at something knows much about why they’re good. The secret got lost after thousands and thousands of failures. The thing is, they subconsciously know it’s simple: you fail and keep failing until you get better. And then you fail some more.

All you need is a strong enough reason to keep failing.

It doesn’t make sense, does it?

Of course it doesn’t. It’s not logical. It’s not what a normal person would do, that’s why normal people describe the passionate as obsessed.

The crazies do the same thing over and over again…

Expecting a different outcome.

But guess what?

There’s a different outcome waiting for you after countless failures. There’s success waiting for you on the other side of fear. There’s greatness on the other side of adversity.

Those things can’t be found anywhere else.

That’s one way to describe all the rags to riches stories, all the tormented souls who found immortality in being fabulous at something.

You want to know the truth?

You can be that too. At anything at all.

It’s just a matter of persistence.

But persistence is one of the few things that can’t be taught.

We worship intellect, talent, looks, even luck, but we don’t see much greatness in being persistent.

And yet scientists are beginning to understand this part: that it doesn’t matter how smart or beautiful or charismatic you are; it all comes down to mental resilience, to being strong enough to face rejection after rejection after rejection.

We often talk about comfort zones. Well, this is the exact opposite.

It’s breaking walls.

It’s realizing there’s nothing special about anyone else.

It’s deeply understanding that you can have anything you want in life, as long as you’re willing to sacrifice anything else for it.

That’s it.

Time and effort.

You give up something to gain something else.

You might not have much leisure time, or many friends, or even a relationship, but you can be a fantastic artist. Or rich. Or have the body of a god.

That’s it.

If it’s hard to believe, it’s because you’ve spent your entire life building walls around yourself. Around other people. You think of those who earn more than you as being talented or lucky or whatever, you think those who have better relationships as being more beautiful or more charismatic, but the truth is that they just worked harder at this than you.

We are all born equal, it’s just that some work harder than others.

Keep that in mind, and fail and fail, and keep failing.

Because there are two kinds of people: those who try once and give up, and those who try and try and try and try until the job gets done.

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15 comments on “Fail and keep failing

  1. I could not agree more. This is a great post.

  2. aloathersguide says:

    I couldn’t disagree more. There is no black and white guide to success. Not everyone who has a kickass life did anything to have it. Some people are simply born with a silver spoon in their mouth and others, like me give every drop of time and energy I have only to fail over and over and over and over and over again. I gave my all and to say people who fail didn’t give enough is such bullshit.

    • 1. You spend an awful lot of time complaining about your life on my blog. That’s why you’re not succeeding.

      2. It’s naive to think others have it better than you. We all struggle. And it could always be worse. There are levels of suffering and failure you can’t even imagine, and having no respect for such things(and other people’s lives) that’s why you’re not succeding.

      3. No one likes crybabies. No one.

      4. To think that you gave you’re all…are you dead? No? Then you didn’t give shit. As long as you are alive, trust me, there’s a lot more to give.

      5. You can tell yourself all the excuses in the world to make yourself feel better, but it won’t matter anyways.

  3. vordelothiel says:

    I needed to hear this today! Thank you

  4. simpledimple says:

    Great Pointers and Nuggets. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  5. mediamel91 says:

    You’re right, I have to keep going just like you said. It’s better to drop the foolishness when its time to be somebody. Either you’ll be serious, or go viral for being stupid.

  6. If you stop and think about it, there is no real failing if you keep trying. Someone once asked Thomas Edison about all the attempts it took to build the first light bulb that didn’t work out. He dismissed it with, a simple we learned all the ways not to build one. So even the failure was moving forward from his perspective.

  7. greatly said..talking about persistence,
    but , being persistent in the wrong way leads us to nothing. isn’t it true?

  8. missmaichi says:

    Love your posts! They’re great.

  9. Absolutely loved reading this! Thanks for sharing your words! Very motivating.

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