Um . . . yes . . . it is. Failure is always an option, and it gets a bad rap.
The fear of failure is what drives us to do the very best we can. It is the reason we keep getting up after having fallen. Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” This is not completely true, as failure to pack your parachute could certainly be fatal, but you get the idea. Winston was just trying to tell us, “Hey, failing isn’t going to kill you. Suck it up.”
Thomas Edison also spoke of his lack of success. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways it won’t work.” Can you imagine how much greater success tasted to him after having tried so many times? Granted, Mr. Edison had more stamina for failure than most of us.
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
You know, sometimes it’s just time to call it quits. There is nothing more liberating, after having given it your damnedest, than to release yourself to failure. It frees you to find something in which you excel. It gives others the opportunity to succeed. It allows a great idea a better chance.
“Life is full of screwups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existance.”
— Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
Once you have accepted defeat, it is important to own it. John Burrough said that a man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. John was saying it’s time to put on your big girl panties and take it like a man . . . an odd man wearing big girl panties.
Be content in your failure. Don’t forget the mistakes you have made, lest you make them again. Start anew as the stronger person you have become.
And if you find your big girl panties just aren’t fitting yet, you can always take the advice of Steven Wright:
“If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.”