We often hesitate at the fear of failure. When we come across a real challenge, we tend to pause and consider giving up on the approach we once believed was ideal. Our culture often discourages failure and when doing so it subtly discourages success.
Janna Levin, Columbia University Professor of Physics and Astronomy, offers a mindful perspective on the obstacles in life: “I used to resent obstacles along the path, thinking, If only that hadn’t happened life would be so good. Then I suddenly realized, life is the obstacles. There is no underlying path.”
Meeting an obstacle and directly working through the real issue is not failure. Failure is more likely associated with stepping back out of fear to address the challenge and solving the problem. Failure is no longer pursuing success.