At some time in your life you may reach a point in your career and life where everything seems to be and is going perfect. You meet the right people, the right position is open, you say the right things and you do the right work. You may feel rather, invincible.
Recently I reached this point. I couldn’t ask for better opportunities coming my way and my confidence level was very high (hello ego) in regards to my field and my abilities in the workplace. With this however, came an extreme fear of failure.
I am a prepared person, I am on top of my game (most of the time) and I don’t necessarily enjoy being wrong or messing up. I consider myself mature as well as someone that knows how to handle situations in a good manner. I want to please everyone all of the time and I want to do it all. Ultimately, I want to know it all and I want to be it all. However, Superman doesn’t exist.
At the end of the day, we are all human. We make mistakes, we say things we shouldn’t say, we don’t always know everything about our field and we don’t know exactly how to handle different projects and situations.
But really, that is what is so amazing about the world. We don’t know it all, and we don’t always do what we should do. But we learn from the vast and incredible minds of people around us, we collaborate to make informed and creative decisions and most importantly we learn from experiences wherein mistakes and failures are encountered.
Some of us more than others, care too much (you know the biggest cliche flaw-“I care too much,” well it’s true). Sometimes my passion for what I do and my confidence actually holds me back from seeing something better. I’m not perfect and no one is, learn from your failures and more importantly forgive yourself for what was, focus on what is and look to what could be.
What am I learning from my failure? To not be scared of future failures, because once I do that, I have confined myself to a box that I don’t want to be in.