You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat? Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot. R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on. English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books. Babe Ruth struck out 1330 times but he also hit 714 home runs.
Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. ~ Author Unknown
In thinking about this year’s gift of grace (see Monday’s post), I also had to remember the many times I failed. Over the course of a year, the failures were both varied and plentiful. Enough that I almost threw a pity party. (Forgetting all about last week’s gift of growth where each challenge turned into an opportunity to develop my character.)
In my own search for encouragement, I came across today’s opening quote. I love the last two lines so much that I just have to repeat them. “Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”
Whenever I try, I’m bound to fail at least sometimes (and learn how NOT to do it the next time). However, never trying at all? I think that is the true definition of failure.
What about you? Do you look at failure as a stumbling block or a stepping stone?