“Failure,” who came up with that word anyways? What is it- Is it when you don’t achieve something? Is it when you fall down? When things don’t work out as planned? When you “let others down?” Or is it a simple perspective? Can we dissolve our so called “failures” into learning experiences, stepping stones, and guidelines?
In the water, we call “failure,” practice. When we fall, we learn, we get back up, paddle back out, think about how we can improve, and try again. It might take several attempts, on several waves, for several days, and possibly even several years… but the surfer keeps at it. By working with progression, not “failure,” goals are achieved. Eventually what was once a fall, a “failed” attempt, is now a perfect drop in, a beautiful turn, or a graceful flow down the wave.
On land the term “failure” seems to be a description word that depicts someone’s actions as disappointing, disastrous, and even catastrophic, but who’s to say? Thank goodness Thomas Edison didn’t see each of his 1,000 attempts of producing a lightbulb as failures. And Kelly Slatter- 11 time world surfing champion, what if he gave up surfing because he fell too many times while developing his skills? The greatest is achieved when you learn from each step of the journey, when you recognize what needs to be changed, and when you are brave enough to continue.
“Failure” is a self imposed term, learn from everything instead.