“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” - Theodore Roosevelt.
“Failing will eventually result in more failure,” is what a concerned parent would tell their child while growing up. We were taught from day one that failure is bad, that it would ruin our chances for a good future. I see things differently now; I have learned that it is okay to fail. Without failure no one would succeed. The path to success is not always as happy and clear as people would like to imagine, there are mistakes that must be made to lead us to where we want to be.
Imagine if someone has their life planned out: what classes they’ll take in high school, where they’re going to college, what they’ll do for a living, etc. They’ll see failure as the worst possible thing to happen to them, so they avoid it at all costs. But really, they’re setting themselves up for failure. Their plan would go accordingly until something would happen to throw them off. Where would they go from there? They had never taken failure into consideration and so this small setback would ruin everything.
Failing can send us back on the right path if we want it to. If you were never really sure about what career you want and end up failing in the one you pick, you know that it wasn’t the right one for you. It’s the same with certain ways you choose to study for school; if your current technique isn’t working, you know to change it. That’s what brought me onto the topic of failure: my studying techniques.
My whole life I’ve been a ‘poor studier,’ avoiding it at all costs as if it were the plague; but I’ve always seemed to do fine on my exams... until now. This failure, instead of being a setback for me, is pushing me to do better. I now know that what I was doing before is not what I should have been doing. Studying is a major part of classes and I had been lacking a lot in that department. This failure has given me the motivation to change that part of myself and become a better student. Sometimes it’s better to embrace the failure; after all, failure is what makes us human.