1. Kaarina Dillabough

    Spot on, my friend:) I see “failure” or “mistake” (note the singular…I say make mistakes, but make a particular mistake only once. Learn from it, don’t repeat it:) as an opportunity to learn and grow. Sometimes it’s painful, “unfair”, debilitating and unjust. But when viewed from a bigger perspective (which usually means allowing space and time to intervene, to allow for a more grounded perspective), there is always a lesson to be learned, regardless of how painful the experience might have been. Great post GemJen, and thanks Jane! Cheers! Kaarina

  2. Jennifer Olney

    Thanks, Kaarina. There is always a lesson to learn from our failure. We have to see the bigger picture, gain the perspective of these events and not label ourselves as the event rather see it as part of the experience that we have on our journey of life. You make a great point on mistakes – we generally make those mistakes once and never repeat. Time and space gives us the ability to separate the pain and move forward. Wonderful points, Kaarina. Always love your take on this lesson. Thank you so much, my friend.

  3. Dan Forbes

    Jen, I have found failure to be the greatest teacher. It keeps us humble. It teaches us that other cosmic and spiritual forces are at work in our life. It teaches us to slow down and pay attention to the really important things.

    Like you I believe the important thing is to separate the failure from the person. You may fail, but YOU are not a failure.

    • Jennifer Olney

      Thanks, Dan. Great comment. It does teach us to slow down – I like that. We find ourselves looking what is important and look at the lessons in the experience. We have to separate ourselves from experience and the person. You can fail, succeed, but you are the same. Thank you so much.

  4. Patrick Hayslett

    I like to think of failure as a continuum rather than an event. It’s just one step in a much broader timeline of success as long as you have the right attitude.

    • Jennifer Olney

      Interesting point, Patrick. I see each failure is an event, one at a time, looking at each experience in the journey. Failure in perspective is the right attitude, not letting the failure derail you, rather, look at each failure as a way to grow and take the lesson.

  5. Pinkey Sen

    Success is a process, not an event, Invest the time in building a positive attitude. It will pay off well in your skills as well as your career.

    Thank you for this wonderful and inspiring write-up and look forward for more such motivating articles.

    Stay blessed.

    // Pinkey Sen //


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