You’re Not Failing Enough by Diane Paddison

(Published on October 28, 2016)

You’re Not Failing Enough by Diane Paddison


We live in a world that loves success and fears failure. Some of the most successful people point to their failures as critical components of their success—I know this is true for myself. But it seems that people spend more time and effort trying not to fail than trying to succeed.

Don’t get caught in this mindset. Failure offers incredible opportunities for personal, professional, and spiritual growth if you learn to handle it the right way. So my encouragement to you is this: Don’t fear failure—master it! “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).

…People who focus on avoiding failure make poor decisions, and they waste a whole lot of energy worrying. Failure is a part of everyone’s life—your boss’s, your CEO’s, your pastor’s, your mentor’s. All of them failed, a lot, before they got to where they are.

No one sets out to fail or designs a plan around failure, but even the world’s best scientists know that most of their experiments will fail before they eventually find the breakthrough. Knowing and accepting that mistakes are part of the process is critical to making progress, particularly when the way forward is difficult or unclear. Failure will be a part of your life, just as it has been part of mine, but that doesn’t mean it has to define you.

J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, is one of the most successful writers of our generation, but she didn’t start out that way. She credits her setbacks as a key ingredient of her success. During her 2008 commencement speech to Harvard graduates, Rowling reflected, “Failure gave me an inner security that I have never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way.”

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See Also:

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Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway – The Self Help Book by Susan Jeffers

‘I’m Broke and Mostly Friendless, and I’ve Wasted My Whole Life’ By H. Havrilesky

High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway – The Self Help Book by Susan Jeffers

Why the Fear of Rejection Overrides One’s Ability to Ask for What They Want or Need

“I got a letter saying I wasn’t what they were looking for” – news reporter Lester Holt 

Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

Become More Resilient by Learning to Take Joy Seriously by Brad Stulberg

Why the Best Success Stories Often Begin With Failure by Amy Crawford

How Successful People Stay Calm by Travis Bradberry

News Anchor Melissa Francis: From Failure to Success

Songs – Motivational and Encouraging (a list with embedded You Tube videos)

Melissa McCarthy and Discouraging Comments – Re: Bridesmaids Movie

Nay-Sayers and Failure on the Way to Success: Singer Elvis Presley

After 27 Rejections, Dr. Seuss Almost Burned His First Unpublished Book – But He Hung In There and Went on to Become a Best-Selling Author

How to Stop Caring About What Other People Think – Don’t Let A Little Criticism Hold You Back, by Simran Takhar

Top 10 Regrets Of The Dying by Dale Partridge

This Man Read 2000 Obituaries in a Year and Here’s What he Learned

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