The One Thing They Don’t Tell You About Failure

Devin Arrigo

The no B.S. mental hack to achieving more

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“You have to fail to succeed.”

I understand that you’ve already heard this advice before. And you’ve probably heard it a lot.

I know I’ve heard it about a million times. It’s plastered pretty much everywhere I look.

Sure, it’s incredibly annoying to continue hearing the same advice, but there’s a reason why — because it’s true.

Well, partially true.

I think failure is essential to success. How can we expect to be the absolute best at something — whether it’s an artist, athlete, rapper, or even a dad — without failing and learning along the way? We can’t.

Success takes time and experience.

But, what this popular advice doesn’t cover is that failure sucks. It’s not fun to fail over, and over, and over again.

Nonetheless, that’s what’s required.

To continue failing your way to success, it takes something more.

While entirely accurate, this advice omits the essential part — passion.

As Thomas Edison once said,

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

To find the success you want, you have to fail thousands of times. But to keep getting back up, you have to be passionate about what you’re doing. You have to love it. You have to be willing to take the punches and keep moving forward, no matter what.

So yes, failure is necessary to achieve success.

But before you step into the ring and start taking punches, make sure you’re in the right place. Because it’s going to take a lot of punches, and a whole lot more of getting back up to achieve big things.

It’s not easy, and it never will be. But to get there, you need ready to handle the failure, to take what’s given to you, and keep moving forward. And the best way to do that is to make sure you’re doing something you’re passionate about.

  • Passion is the reason Steve Jobs got kicked out of his own company, only to come back and make Apple what it is today.
  • Passion is the reason Walt Disney went from getting fired by a newspaper editor for having no good ideas or imagination to creating the multi-billion dollar company we know today as Disney.
  • Passion is the reason JK Rowling went from a single mother receiving welfare benefits to the author of the best selling book series in history, Harry Potter.

To weather the ‘failure storm’, you have to be passionate about what you do.

So while you do have to fail to succeed, the advice means nothing without having passion for what you do.

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Marathon runner | Triathlete | Personal growth addict | Writing about creative ways to become a better human being.

Los Angeles, CA

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