“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
Too often I think we associate failure with defeat, especially when we start to measure the achievements of others against our own. This kind of defeat can be crushing. It can make us feel broken and targeted (by ourselves). We all experience it at one time or another, and when we do, we have to remember that we all start from a different place, and our lives themselves are full of divergent causes and effects. We have varying motivations, desires and repulsions. It is therefore ludicrous to compare your journey to others’ and only see your defeat and their success.
Failure is a good thing. Failure is information gathering. It is trying. It is a good lesson in perseverance and adaptability. There is honor trying and failing, and so we shouldn’t be afraid to fail more than others.
We should fail often and hard.
How many times will you face the possibility of failure this week?
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“The choices are 1) sleep in bed, or 2) have some coffee and remake the world to my liking.” – Jen Dziura
How you start your day is key. You can either hate the morning, or wake up excited to get to work. I believe in filling my day with the kind of things that are going to get me out of bed in the morning. My wake up alarm on my phone is actually called “Get up and make your world better,” because that’s really what I’m getting out of bed to do for every day that I live.
More sleep is overrated. Think about it: Will you regret waking up earlier than what felt good if it means finishing a big project, going for a morning run or crossing off more on your to-do list that day? Get up early, then make it worth your while.
I’ve started this little morning ritual of grabbing the notebook and pen I leave laying around near my bed and jotting down my to-do list for the day. It’s the very first thing I do after I wake up that gets me started and guarantees that the day is going to be some mix of productive and fun, and the satisfaction of crossing off those items throughout the day is like caffeine–addictive and invigorating.
So have things planned: What are you going to make today? Where are you going? What kind of meaningful interactions will you have there? What will you do today to make your life better in the future? How will you celebrate all of this achievement at the end of the day–with a glass of wine? Dinner with good friends? Give purpose to everything you do in a day. Write it all down and cross it all off as you complete it, and see how that makes you feel.
Get up and make your world better.
Today’s Motivation Monday quote is from Jen’s article “A Day in the Life of Bullish (Caffeine, Pinstripe, and A Lack of Time-Wasting Bullshit).” I highly recommend reading all of it.
“Write like a motherfucker.” – Cheryl Strayed
Write all the time, every day, in every possible mood.
Write when you’re so excited to write that you could throw up because you can’t get it all down on paper fast enough.
Write when you have nothing to say.
Most importantly, write when it’s the very last thing you feel like doing—when you’d rather go lick gum off someone’s shoe than write. Write when you’re curled up in a ball and crying, because when you feel that terrible and you’re able to make yourself do it anyway, you’ve already won. It may be the worst writing you’ve ever done, but you’re doing it, and that’s far better than the alternative of not doing it. And as you continue you may realize that you’re not forcing yourself to work anymore. That you are in fact on a roll. That you are on your way to someplace grand and exciting and triumphant, when moments before you were dying.