“Live the life you’d dare to live if you knew you could not fail.” –R.B. Brooke
I like the intent and message of this quote.
And, I think a life that never involved failing would rapidly prove dull and lifeless. If I never failed, I don’t think success would be nearly as sweet.
What kind of growth would I have going forward when so far in my life many of my life’s most important lessons came from learning from those times when I tried and failed? It is the not-knowing whether I’ll succeed or fail at an endeavor that often adds spice to my life.
And what fun would it be to always win games, to never risk anything, to never have the opportunity to learn to fall down again and again but always get up one more time than I fell?
I think there is a great risk that if I never failed I’d be arrogant and intolerant of those who did. Where would my inner strength come from if I was never tested by adversity? Where would I get empathy, and so many important attributes that I value in myself and humankind?
So, while I value and appreciate my successes, and in weak moments may even curse some of my failures, I know deep down inside that my failures have been even more valuable and formative to the person I’ve become than my successes.