I hope you are all having a wonderful week wherever you may be in the world.
Recently I was reading a story about how one man who has been busking in the New York subway for 38 years (story here) and eventually over came failures to find success. It was a touching story that inspired me to write to you on a topic that deserves to be talked about more but is rarely mentioned in the media.
The word failure often gets a bad name in our culture and has been exemplified in films, music, and other literary genres. In social media, most of the posts that you see is someone having a good time or sharing their success stories. You rarely see posts that are the result of someone’s failures. This my friends, is an unrealistic view of life and couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is, everyone has gone through or will go through some form of failure in their lifetime.
From all these years of being a musician, I have had my own share of failures along the way and I know it is not easy to deal with. What I’ve come to realize is that failure itself is not a bad thing. It is what you do afterwards that determines whether failure was for the good or the bad. For example, let say you are a fresh graduate out of college and you went for an interview. Afterwards, you thought you had an amazing interview but it turns out they didn’t even call you back for a second round. At this point, you can either blame the employer and throw out just about any curse words that you can think of or take this as a practice session and analyze where your weakness were and try to improve on your next interview.
I have also realized over the years that failure will humble you, make you realize that the things you take for granted, can be taken away from you tomorrow.
What helped me overcome my own failures was to accept that the failure happened and reminding my self to keep moving forward. Knowing that I had done what I could, I try to take away bits of lessons learned and just to continue moving forward, no matter what happens. If anything, I hope this small piece of advice can be of help to any of you out there who are going through challenging times. Just remember what the amount of failure Mike Yung had to go through in following his dream. He didn’t let those moments stop him. Instead it made him more determined to make his dream a reality. Let it be an inspiration for the rest of us who are still pursuing our own dreams.
Finally, I want to leave you all with 2 of my favorite quotes from Winston Churchill and Henry Ford:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. — Henry Ford
What are some of the failures that you are currently dealing with or have overcome? Please let me know in the comments below!