Streaming, blogs, websites, all of the things are very new to me. I’m learning so much every day, some lessons come easy, and some come hard. I had a very hard one this week when all access to my website was completely gone with no way to fix it. The worst part is it’s probably something stupid I did, and in fact, that’s the most likely case. So, rebuilding the website has taken most of my time, so, we will have a super short, sweet, and to the point post this week!
Since I had a reasonably large mishap this week, one could easily say that it was a failure on my part for whatever caused the site to go down, or that it was my fault for not having a proper backup of the site if it was beyond my control. I couldn’t argue with either of those two statements. They are without a doubt correct and failures on my part. So, let’s dive in and talk about failure.
During all of my years in school, there was a pretty straightforward definition of pass or fail, and failing was pretty bad. That stuck with me for many years after school, which lead to not taking many risks in life because of the chance of failure. Thankfully, I’ve come to learn that some of my most significant growth as a worker, as an athlete, or as a person has come from failure. Failures have made me stronger, wiser, and more aware of my strengths, weaknesses, and passions.
My first half Ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run) had me bonking towards the last stages of the bike leg and walking 12 miles of the run portion. I finished, but only because I was furious at myself, and I refused to let it be a complete failure, but in my mind, finishing was the only thing I didn’t fail at that race. From that humbling experience though brought me the knowledge and determination to conquer the full Ironman later that year.
Have you heard about JMK Supply, the hot new Amazon and eBay seller taking the internet by storm? That’s because I could never get it off the ground and going. I was looking for a set it and forget it business model, and unfortunately, it required way more hustle than I wanted to put into it. My knowledge gained from that failed business though has helped prepare me for 4 Percent Gamer, a project I am way more passionate about and way more prepared to handle.
Take your most recent failures and think about what you learned or gained from those experiences. Those lessons might have only come from those experiences. Failure is not the horrible word that you learned in grade school. Failure might be the key to your future success.
Thanks for sticking with me this week, this failure has me more prepared to prevent this in the future!