“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
– Micheal Jordan
I had scheduled dates with two different girls. Things looked promising. I was going to have a Saturday afternoon that I could brag about for weeks to come.
Both girls flaked.
Now I’m sitting here writing an improvised post.
I’m actually still pretty happy.
While I’m not going to carry out a sexual caper worthy of re-telling to my grand kids, I still managed to get blown off by two girls in one day. There are thousands of dudes who’ll never be able to hold that claim. Two years ago I’d have never imagined myself doing something like that. Now it doesn’t even seem like a huge deal. I’ll stay in and read a book. It will still be enjoyable.
There are dozens of activities that I’ve failed at, none of which have really upset me. When I started lifting I could barely bench a single plate. I didn’t get mad about it, I knew things would get better. Even if I sucked, I was still trying my best. That’s all that counted.
My first business foray was a disaster. I tried buying things on Amazon and then reviewing them. I wasn’t particularly good at it and I lost money on everything I tried to sell. 4% commissions on a $25 item are hard to profit off. While I got frustrated, I still laughed about it. I learned from my mistakes and rethought my strategy.
If you’re on your grind you will stumble. It’s going to happen at some point. Even the greats falter. There’s no professional athlete with a perfect record, there’s no business mogul who hasn’t blotched a deal, and there’s no musician who hasn’t released at least one horrible song.
Failing is natural. Learn from it and move on.