Embracing Failure: Why It’s Better to Try and Fail Than to Not Try at All
Updated: Feb 8
What’s the phrase again? “It’s better to try and fail than to not try at all.”
When I started out my journey of self-exploration and discovery, I tried a lot of things. Like, a lot. From studies, relationships, and career, I’ve found myself changing my mind on a lot of them.
Somehow, I’ve always felt like a failure when I didn’t stick to something or decided it wasn’t for me. I would think about the time I wasted, and how something must be wrong with me for not being able to commit to one thing.
I would look at the people who had it all figured out, and always thought of how I wish I could be like them. Why did I not know what I wanted straight away?
And yet, I started to realise: I may have tried and failed on a lot of things, but at least I did something. At least I tried. And at least, I got to experience them and figure out what was right for me, and what wasn’t.
If I didn’t set out to explore many different opportunities and possibilities, how will I know what I know now? How will I discover what I wanted to and didn’t want to be, and who I wanted to be with?
So if you’ve ever felt the same way as I have, my advice to you is this:
Don’t be afraid to try and fail. Don’t be afraid to explore. If you have the opportunity to change or try something new, take it. Not everyone gets the same, and that opportunity may not come again.
And if you fail, then so be it. Because you haven’t really failed, you succeeded by being brave enough to try. And now, you can be one step closer to where you’re meant to be.