I was listening to my local National Public Radio station when a wonderful reminder reached my ears: Everyone makes mistakes.
In this case, the interview subject was talking about Albert Einstein—revered for his genius and contributions to physics—and the errors researchers had found in an archive of Einstein’s work. In fact, researchers estimate twenty percent of Einstein’s drafts contain some type of mathematical error.
It serves as a humble reminder that when you’re trying to learn something new, you may not be a success the first time you try. In fact, you probably won’t. But, your success is a work in progress. You’ve got to keep trying; those stumbles aren’t failures, they’re learning opportunities. Learning what doesn’t work is valuable feedback, and necessary toward reaching your goals.
Think of all the great adventures you’ll miss out on if you let fear of failure hold you back. Facing challenges is like weight training for your brain—the more you work it, the stronger your fortitude becomes. Sure, it might be uncomfortable for a while, but eventually you’ll be able to use your failures to stimulate problem-solving ideas (like salvaging a failed batch of soap) and successfully executing a creative vision.
So, what challenge are you going to face today?