I was watching an Oprah re-run last night and she was interviewing my idol J.K. Rowling. During the interview J.K. and Oprah discuss failure and I’m going to quote J.K. Rowling this was a short clip from her Harvard speech; which was played during the interview. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you’ve lived so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” I got to thinking about that quote last night and this morning; which lead to the idea of writing this post.
J.K. Rowling is absolutely correct you cannot live life without failing because otherwise you’re just not living, nor learning. To me when you fail you get the opportunity to see something from an angle that you hadn’t seen before. What would come after that would be a breakthrough, and ways to correct you’re last mistake, and make it better.
I’ve failed many times probably on every level as I’m sure you’ve learned from Sunday’s post and Monday’s post.
While watching that interview I reminisced on my past failures where I learned a lot and succeeded. Some of you know that I’m a GED graduate; however one thing that you do not know is that while trying to get the diploma I had a hell of a time trying to get my battery average up to be able to pass; which was kinda funny because I passed all of my courses. So with that I failed many tests after that trying to get my battery average up. What I learned from that was even though I knew the material and even though I studied I really needed to make sure that I didn’t panic during the tests and try to rush. God I was dead awful when came to testing I always let my nerves get the better of me. But after failing many tests I actually did it I got my battery average up to pass and I learned how to keep myself calm while testing.
Of course my biggest failure I’ve learned from came from writing Jenny Mac I can’t tell you how many re-writes I had over the years, and the new ideas that kept leading to those re-writes. But because of those failures and many, many re-writes I finally found my voice with Jenny and now I’m working towards publication.
If there’s anyone out there that is afraid of failing I hope that this article has helped you with your own fears of failure, and in case you’re wondering there were many times that I did want to throw in the towel with my GED and writing Jenny, but I worked through it and you can too.
Now I have a question that I’ve been dying to ask and that would be…
What have you failed at and what have you learned from that failure?
Leave me a comment and let me know.
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