Some people make no room for failure in their lives. They run from it and won’t even entertain the thought of it. To do so would be a sign of weakness. A chink in their armor that opposition could exploit. “Failure is not an option” but how do they react when life doesn’t go to plan?
Nobody gets it right 100% of the time. Nobody. Not even the greatest at what they do. Usain Bolt hasn’t won every race that he has run. It took Thomas Edison thousands of attempts to invent the lightbulb. Steve Jobs was fired from the very company he eventually transformed the world with.
Winning is a privilege and never a guarantee. Tackles will be missed, passes misplaced and shots off target. Defeats will inevitably happen and setbacks will be suffered. Only the individuals who demonstrate an ability to respond when faced with adversity will survive or succeed in such a cutthroat industry. The ones that don’t will fall by the wayside. It’s the same in any walk of life.
Last year I became the proud father of twins and it’s been the steepest yet most rewarding of learning curves to experience. I marvel at the way in which my children tackle every single day as their next opportunity to acquire the new skills they need for the journey of life.
Somewhere along the line, we forget the innocence and naivety of our youth. Tragically we learn to accept losses whilst forgetting to learn from them. We listen to the naysayers and surrender to our fate. Eventually, that voice of negativity comes from within and no longer do we use the mistakes that we make to fuel our future goals. We are scarred by failure instead of inspired by it and by doing so we allow failure to be definitive and debilitating in the most destructive way.
If we are unable to see the error of our ways how can we expect to produce a different result? Pride cannot come into the equation and an individual’s ego may well be bruised but if progression is the aim then doesn’t the end justify the means?
By identifying where we can become better we give ourselves the best possible chance to move forwards. Sometimes that will require the guidance or the wisdom of others so remaining open and willing to accept new ideas is paramount for personal growth.
“Failing to learn is not an option.” 
 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-we-shouldnt-afraid-fail-mark-robertsUntil next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.