Hon Eng 10
22 February 2019
Learning to Fail
Up until very recently, I always thought I had to be perfect, no matter what feat I was attempting. But, I have learned that absolute perfection is not always necessary. Although, most things worth doing are worth doing well; meaning that anything you are passionate should get a full 100% effort, even if you don't do as well as you'd like to, putting in the effort will be worth it.
There is a fine line between too much failure and a character building amount of it. If you fail at everything, the motivation to do anything goes out the window, as does a chance to make something out of yourself. But if someone doesn't face any hardship, they won't be prepared for the real world, where failure is inevitable. There is a good balance between these two though, being unsuccessful irregularly, and learning from it. Personally, I ask myself "What caused me to fail?" and usually it's under-preparing or procrastinating. Then once I find out why I did poorly I ask myself how I can fix this so it doesn't happen in the same manner again. However, if I, or anyone for that matter, don't learn from my mistakes, then I have just completely wasted my time and mental energy.
On a more positive note, learning from failure is one of the most valuable aspects a person can have. It shows that they do not cripple from their mistakes, but rather build on them, making them extremely reliable and easy to trust. This means that being able to fail, and especially learn from these failures, is a worthwhile task to try and accomplish. Just further showing how important this new understanding was; not just for me, but future coaches, teachers and potential employers of mine. Not only could this minor epiphany be beneficial to me in my future endeavors, but on a more personal level, it's important to me now. Learning to fail and learning from failure is presently...