I thought I had read (and written) enough about failure, but Pema Chodron, in her book fail fail again fail better proved me wrong.
Her definition of failure is not about iterating, pivoting, or even about business per se, but about life. As Pema explains and her stories relay, failures and mistakes happen to everyone. It's what you do with that experience that will make the difference.
If you embrace that feeling of rawness and vulnerability that comes with failure, not only will you become stronger and better, but the next failure will hurt less. And these moments also give us an opportunity to connect with others, to become better, and to redirect our lives.
Same concept applies to fear and other negative emotions. First recognize them for what they are and not as an indication of a personal lack, and then embrace the lesson it presents. On the other side of fear is opportunity.
As her title suggests, learn to fail better and expect to keep doing it since it's as much a part of life as breathing.
So if we redefine failure as an opportunity instead of a lack or mistake, you lose more by not trying than by "failing."
What have you feared to try? Are you ready to see what opportunity lies on the other side?
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