Failing is a part of life.
If you’re going to pursue a dream, if you’re trying to change the world, if you’re starting a business, if you’re attempting to be a different kind of teacher, no matter what you may be attempting, the truth remains: at some point, you will fail.
And that’s not a bad thing.
Failing goes hand-in-hand with pursuing greatness.
The trouble arises, not when we fail, but when we make failure our identity.
Isn’t it interesting how we do that? We fail at something, fall flat on our faces in pursuit of a vision or dream, and immediately take on that identity?
You don’t have what it takes.
You’ll never change.
You just can’t do it.
You aren’t strong enough, smart enough, or talented enough.
You are a failure.
Or so our brains like to tell us.
But failing doesn’t mean you are a failure. It means you’re pursuing something great.
And no one is an expert when they start pursuing a dream.
If you’re pursing a dream, you will fail at times. It’s a given fact.
It doesn’t mean you are a failure.
Failing is an act. Failure is an identity. Never confuse the two. Tweet this
You may have failed, but you are not a failure.
That is not your identity.
So the next time something you try fails, remember: you failed, but are not a failure.
Your dream depends on you understanding the difference.
When have you tried to take on the identity of failure? Leave a comment below.
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