As a former high school teacher, I have seen failures turned into successes, often by sheer persistence.
Our society measures “success” by how much money people earn, the type of houses they live in, the cars they drive. Most advice graduating seniors get about succeeding is based on this. But isn’t there something more? What about the “success” measured by happiness or fulfillment? That type of success often has much more risk involved than following society’s “normal” path. That type of “success” involves failure and persistence.
It takes courage to fail. If you do not fail, it’s a pretty sure bet that you are not taking the risks that broaden your experience and therefore your life. Persist in taking the risks. Persist in risking following your dreams to accomplish what you want with your life.
Do you want to be a performer? Risk auditioning whenever you can. In between those auditions, practice and rehearse every spare minute you have. Build the experiences you get into a marketable background. Build the people you meet into a strong network. Build the self-confidence you gain into an ego protection you can call upon when you don’t quite live up to your own expectations. And you won’t. No one ever does. Our expectations of ourselves are much greater than anyone else’s expectations of us. So what if you don’t get that first gig, or second or third…if you don’t persist in auditioning, you’ll never know if you could have made it.
Do you want to be a doctor, a veterinarian, a scientist? You can do it but you have to take the risks involved. It’s a risk to go to college. It’s a risk to go to graduate school. It’s a risk to start your practice or your career. But the reward far outweighs the risk when you wake up one day and suddenly realize that your persistence has led you to do what you love.
Risk always involves the possibility of failure. In failing lies opportunity for learning. There are no successful people on this planet that have not failed at something or sometime in their life. In fact, the more successful they are, the greater their failures have been. Persist in taking risks. They did.