Thoughts about failure seem to be in the breeze at the moment. I came across Malcolm Gladwell’s article The Gift of Doubt recently. And only this morning Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits email was titled I Failed. You may have seen The Guardian’s article in which seven writers reflect on failure. And, of course, there’s the always galvanising advice from Chuck Wendig. In his 25 Ways to be a Happy Writer he exorts us to see failure as an instruction manual. Babauta writes: Take one step. Any step. It lightens the heart. It shows you that things aren’t insurmountable or impossible. It starts to dissolve the discouragement and sadness and pain. The single step you take is the antidote to the soul-tearing effects of failure.
Onwards and upwards. Perhaps a little wiser.