Learn and move on

“Always try to get over failure quickly.  Learn from it.  Study how you contributed to it.  If you are responsible for it, own up to it.  Though others may have greater responsibility for it than you do, don’t look for that as an escape hatch.  Once you have analyzed what went wrong and what you did wrong, internalize the lessons and then move on.  As always, drive through life looking through the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.  Don’t become one of those pests who can’t stop talking about their by now ancient slights, betrayals, hurts, or disasters.  Don’t wallow with your sympathetic friends.  Learn and move on.”

I came across this paragraph from Gen. Colin Powell and it just seemed really important to me.  Maybe it will speak to you also.  He assumes that failure is inevitable, which is pretty much Biblical since, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) But fear of failure can be paralyzing.  It is often one of the biggest obstacles to success.  On the other side of failure is redemption.  So, what are you afraid of?  Have you failed already?  It’s time to get over it.  As the General said, “Learn and move on.”

“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

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2 Responses to Learn and move on

  1. mosobsu says:

    Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
    –Robert F. Kennedy

  2. mosobsu says:

    In some ways, failure feels like a dirty little secret because people rarely want to discuss their own failures. But in reality, we’re all wearing masks to cover our shortcomings, all thinking that the feelings of self-doubt and misgivings are ours alone. Nothing could be further from the truth; failure is part of being human.
    –Tony Dungy

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