The thought of failure keeps us away from some of the best things in life. It’s risky to follow our dreams, especially when we feel alone pursuing them. But there is a reason our heart pulls us in the direction it does, maybe it knows something our brain hasn’t figured out yet.
What if you dream to one day play in the NBA but no one believes in you, you’re not what they are looking for; you don’t have what it takes. Because others think and say that, does it mean you can’t reach your dream? Talk to Michael Jordan, who as a sophomore in High School was cut from the varsity basketball team because he was “to short.” Michael lamented how “It was embarrassing not making the team. I went to my room and I closed the door and cried.” After following his heart and having an extremely successful career winning 6 championships, Michael said, “I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Or what if you’re trying to create something nobody has even created before nor imagined was possible. You’ve tried so many times and can’t seem to get it to work the way you envisioned it to. Does that mean you never will? Talk to Thomas Edison who tried 1,000 different ways to make his light bulb work. He would later be asked “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” To which Edison said “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Each of us wants to defy what seems to be impossible. The thing is, we can and our heart knows this. We have the power inside of us, just waiting to be used. That power is one of persistence and resilience and needs to be used to overcome temporary failure and difficulty. Failure and difficulty, which Michael Jordan and Thomas Edison (and frankly many others) have said, leads to the truest form of success. Success rightfully earned and achieved. To them, failure was a natural part on the journey towards success. We’re no different; we can succeed in achieving our dreams whatever they may be. The question is what’s going to keep us in the game?
What’s going to keep you determined to follow your heart? Somehow your heart already knows where to go. Whatever it is you want to do or be or accomplish, go for it! What do you have to lose? Don’t let anything stop you from living your life the way you imagine it to be. You want to move to a different city? Move! You want to change your college major? Change it! You want a different job, or to date the person of your dreams? You might as well try. Life is too short to do what doesn’t make you happy, so start doing what does. You may fail a few times. You may even fail a lot, but be unstoppable. Let that picture in your mind of what could be burn within you, pushing you to press forward. You have to live anyways, why not live for something worthwhile. Take the risk, dream the big dreams, and push the limits. Because one day you’ll look back wishing you would have.
Don’t settle for less than what your want to achieve. Be stubborn, keep going until you’re so happy words fall short. When it’s almost as if your heart is smiling, and your cup over flows.