The Enthusiasm of Failure

Perseverance is not my strongest suit.

I get easily distracted by the next shiny subject and drop the one that I just got bored with.

I can easily figure out others, but have trouble fixing myself.

Why do I stop pursuing one difficult task and quickly move to another? What am I afraid of?

It’s been taking me years to figure that out.

Last week I stumbled upon this quote by Winston Churchill:

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

There! I got my answer. And I didn’t need to lie on a lumpy couch and have a nosy therapist pick my brain and ask me all sorts of uncomfortable questions.

I am afraid of failures. Terrified is a better verb. (Or is it description?)

That’s why I drop doing something new and arduous as soon as the novelty of it starts fading.

Like the multitude of novels I have started over the years. None of them made it to Chapter Two. I’d rather fail as a writer than face the sneer of a smug, pretentious editor. Troubling, isn’t it?

That’s why I’ve started this blog. To face my fears. Face criticism.

Or complete silence from the world out there.

I will learn to face failure. And not just resign to it.

Embrace it with enthusiasm, post after post.

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2 responses to “The Enthusiasm of Failure”

  1. I think this is why I collect hobbies as well, because I don’t want to see things through the tough times. Admittedly though, I’ve stuck to writing for a while, so at least there’s that. Thanks for sharing, Gabriela!

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    1. I collect hobbies as well, like cooking, baking, knitting and crocheting… but writing is more than a hobby for me. I write in a second language though, and that makes me second-guess myself a lot, I guess. I’ve checked some of your posts. Great content. I couldn’t decide what to start with. You’re an accomplished writer for sure, Stuart. Keep up the GOOD work!


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