If at first you don't succeed, fail better.

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What’s your opinion of failure?

I think we all have a pretty unique view of it.

I’ll tell you a story of my most recent big failure – I fail, I think, on a daily basis, but this is probably the one in the last week that upset me the most.

This past Saturday, my mom came to visit me. We had 2 goals for Saturday – purchase a security storm door for my home and install it.

My mom is a DIYer – I credit my home decorating and DIY ballsiness to her.

She’s always trying something new or researching some new project for her house.

So we went to a home improvement store, bought the security storm door and brought it home.

We removed the back door exterior brick moulding to my house. We measured. We re-measured. We drilled holes. We measured again. We mitered brick moulding.

But when it came down to putting the storm door in place — even after all the measuring and remeasuring — It wouldn’t fit.

I was so disappointed. I felt like a failure. After all that work. Ugh.

So my mom says to me — and I’m not kidding — in her deep southern drawl.

“Now, there’s no need to stick your lip out like that.”

Yes, I was pouting, but my mother kindly reminded me of all we’d accomplished on Saturday.

We may not have been able to install the door but we:

-Purchased the door and it is now in my possession– if I can hire someone else to do it.
-Discovered an easy to install brick moulding kit – which I can also use to replace the brick moulding on my front door.
-Learned what the hell brick moulding was – and stopped calling it “the door frame wood stuff” or some other clever phrase.
-Learned how to mitre wood and discovered a kit to do it ourselves – I’m happiest about this!

We learned a lot on Saturday.

Overall, I would probably say our experience was a failure because we didn’t accomplish both goals we’d set out to do, but it was a GOOD FAIL.

A fail where I learned a lot, so I can be prepared to succeed or at least fail better next time.

THINK:

Of your perceived failures, what have you learned from them?

What steps do you take to fail better in the future?

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