“If you never fail, you’re not trying hard enough.” My first real boss told me this, and it has so much truth. It basically says that it’s better to try and fail than to not try and still fail. It gives you the permission to push yourself, attempt growth. Sure, if you don't try to grow you might not fail in the traditional sense, but I'd argue that you'll also never succeed. 

This is my theme and my word this year: Try. 

We’re way too hard on ourselves. We think in order to improve we have to make it all the way to our five-year goal in 3 months. We put too much pressure on ourselves, push too hard, and set ourselves up for failure in the process.

This year, my goal is to accept that failure is inevitable and a good thing. But with that said, you have to know the difference between constructive failure and unconstructive (non-constructive?) failure.

Good failure comes from making reasonable attempts at growth and giving yourself tons of grace through the process.

Tell me - in what ways do you find this true in your life? Do you think I'm totally off base? If not, what's one small thing you're going to try this year?  


Dana Reid