Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Fail Blog

To my students (and all students):

You are too afraid of failure. Some of you are absolutely terrified of the prospect of it. You strive to avoid it at all cost. You worry about it. You worry about what others might think about it. You let the very idea of it stress you out. Sometimes that stress affects your mental and emotional well-being.

It's not worth it. You are going to fail. You will screw up. You will make mistakes. What you shouldn't do is let it define you. You shouldn't dwell on it.

In fact, you should embrace it. Hell, from time to time, celebrate it. Then learn from it. Strive to do better in the future. But for heaven's sake, don't let it anchor you in the present (or the past). You are better than even your best failure.

Failure doesn't define you. Your response to it does. Your response to the fear of it does.

So the question is, What aren't you doing...?