Don’t you just love to fail?

Don’t you just love when you put all that work into something only to NOT have it come to fruition?

Doesn’t that feel great?

Ummmm…. okay, either I’m going nuts or I’m about to be brilliant. You decide.

Okay, don’t get me wrong, of course I prefer to succeed. But, #failure is a REALLY IMPORTANT part of life. In fact, it’s where most of life happens right? Failure shapes your character. Failure helps you learn. Think about it.

How much do you actually learn when everything is going along great?

If you’re like most people, when you’re successful and everything is clicking along, you hardly spend any time looking for why it’s working! #working

Yep. We human beings have a wacky relationship to failure. Actors have an even wackier relationship to it. But here’s the crazy thing. The people who are most successful in the world, are also the ones who have had the most failures in their lives. Why? Because they don’t let failure stop them. They choose to use failure as a learning tool. Did you know the guy who made the glue on the back of #PostIT notes was actually trying to make a glue that would NEVER COME OFF? I’d say he failed in a HUGE way! But instead of looking at the glue as a failure, he said, “What can I do with this?”

So the next time you “fail”, jump for joy, look inside the failure and see how you can turn it into a huge success. The only time I even consider myself having failed is when I didn’t try. Adopt that into your daily life and you’ll get off that couch and make things happen…whether you succeed or failure at it, at least you tried.

And hey, the next time you fail you can join these esteemed colleagues below!

  • Abraham Lincoln ran for office upwards of 15 times and was defeated every single time until he ran for President in 1861.
  • Babe Ruth was known as the home run king. But he was also known as the strike out king.
  • Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything.
  • Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was 4 years old and didn’t read until he was 7. He was also expelled from the Zurich Polytechnic School.
  • Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. He was also turned down by 70 banks to build Disneyland because they thought the idea would never work.
  • Sylvester Stallone was turned down by over 200 agents when he wrote Rocky and wanted to star in it. Someone even offered to produce but ONLY if he DIDN’T star in it. We all know the ending of that failure!

So don’t be afraid to fail. It could very well be the best thing to ever happen to you. We’re all human after all. And if you aren’t failing at anything, then you’re not out there trying! What are you thoughts on failing? Comment below.

Leslie Becker is an award-winning actress, writer and creator of The Organized Actor® who is passionate about inspiring, entertaining and educating others. Sign up below for more tips for workin’ your acting career and your life.

    2 replies to "Failure Is Fun + Post It Notes"

    • John McGowan

      I firmly believe that failure is a great teacher. You have to reach deep down inside yourself to get off the canvas as it were. It boils down to self-belief. I remember Vivien Leigh in ” Gone With The Wind” as she stood there when Tara was in ruins, shaking her fists defiant to overcome failure and defeat…

    • organizedactor

      Ahhh, the wonderful Vivien Leigh! We love her. Thanks for staying connected.

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