Learning to walk is an amazing process. Over Thanksgiving I watched my 10 month old niece try over and over to walk but each time ending with her falling to the floor on her butt. Without crying, blinking, or even taking a breath over her failure, she got back up and tried again. For hours days she repeated this process each time strengthening her muscles and refining her process.
When’s the last time you attempted something with the same attitude as a baby learning to walk? When was the last time you happily failed 100+ times knowing each time only led you closer to the goal? I’m guessing the answer is probably almost never. Adults tend to
give up after the first failure or most certainly after the tenth or twentieth.
It seems like every year after birth we incrementally lose our ability, skill, and tenacity to bounce back after failures. The trick though is success is very rarely a one time thing you achieve, but rather a continuous process of falling down and getting back up and each time strengthening our muscles for another try.
“I’m an overnight success ten years in the making.”