With all the talk we do about failure, there is one thing that we don’t talk about as much as we should. There is something that is critical to being willing and wanting to fail your way to success. It’s the secret ingredient that, if not there… well, it’s a problem.

It’s the thing that actually makes the failure okay in your mind.

Here it is: You have to love what you are failing for.

You have to love it or love what it represents because if you don’t, and if failing along the way is a possibility (and for anything worthwhile, it is!) then it is going to be nearly impossible to get started and definitely hard to keep going to finally succeed.

If someone told you that a person very close to you needed an operation, but you needed to hear 1000 No’s to make it happen, you’d do it, right? All the failing would be for a worthwhile cause.

The underlying ‘why’ would drive you.

When someone has a dream that they LOVE, the failures along the path are merely stepping stones. All they care about is that they are on the path and working towards achieving the dream. For them, it is worth failing for.

If you hate failing, you might need to question whether what you are pursuing is, in your mind and in your heart worth failing for.

If not, find something that is.

As Jim Carrey said, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

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