Thinking of all the big failures over the last few years today. Not completing the 4Deserts Iceland race and failing to finish an MBA are the ones that easily come to mind. I'm still a student to these lessons to this day. It is not always in obvious way, but if you sit and think where the narrative comes from, I believe these failures are better teachers today than what succeeding could have ever been.
Failure, after all is only something you can achieve by getting a little lost along the way. But it takes getting lost on purpose. It means leaving the well worn path that everyone else is traveling on. Seeing what other paths there are is the only way to fail, and fail big.
I have in fact, happily bought time share at the failure resort and it took some time to realise it is a awesome place. The rooms are big and cheap and the pool is nearly empty. The people hanging out at the bar are sober and happy to assist others finding the gym and the code for the free wifi. The place is empty, because the entrance isn't well marked and the road is barely visible. You have to drive around a bit to find it.
The resort across the road though is easy to find, crowded and expensive. It is filled with people who only talk about their success and gloat about their winnings. The wifi is over-loaded and slow. Service is poor and the waiters are over worked. It is filled with individuals complaining about everything that is wrong with it, forgetting that they are there out of own choice.
The island of miss-fit toys has better parties than the cool table - Jon Acuff
I have been to this resort. I have over the past filled my life with all the busyness that life and society preaches and teaches. Covering up my failures and only talking to people about my winnings at the table. I do still visit this place from time to time. Sometimes without even knowing about it. But more often than not, as a warning of what it is like there.
Living at the failure resort has taught me there is a better way. And it had to start with me embracing failure, instead of hiding it away. It is difficult knowledge to learn and deal with. But today I'm glad to share my failure in the hope that it will guide others on getting lost more often.