Thank Goodness For My Failures

“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.

About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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4 Responses to Thank Goodness For My Failures

  1. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Russ, I so am enjoying your blog. I think it’s the contrast between our successes and failures that makes us human. And without that contrast, I think life would be pretty boring. Thank you for your wisdom and for the willingness to put down your thoughts down in this wonderful format (The Blog). I think it enriches both those of us who write and those of us who read (often the same).


  2. russtowne says:

    Hi, Cathy. Thank you for your kind comments and support. I agree with what you said about contrasts, and how reading and writing can be so enriching.

    I wish you much continued success with your blog too!


  3. Christine says:

    Hello! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Congratulations! Thank you for your contributions to the Blogosphere! Keep up the great work! You can follow this link, for the rules regarding this award!

  4. russtowne says:

    Wow! Thank you you, Christine! I’m honored and humbled by your kind action, and plan to look at the link you provided after U.S. investment markets close today.


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