by Geri Mason
For most people failure is something that they do not look forward to. Nobody wants to fail, but failure can be the best introduction to the great skills that lies within. If you stopped in your tracks every time you failed where would you be? Some of us would still be sitting in our high school classroom trying to figure out the answer to that algebra problem on the board. Others would be stuck at that nine to five job they took right out of college.
As toddlers we always try to reach the counter even though we are crawling on the floor. Somehow we know that we were meant to be larger and taller, because we see our parents above us. We see them walking and sitting at the counter eating with knives and forks. We watch them take control of their surroundings without assistance from others. So we know that we are destined to get there as well. What was stopping us? They were our daily examples of what is possible. So naturally we believed that we could reach higher grounds. That’s also true in our personal and professional lives. Because of what we have seen others do we believe that life holds more than our reality shows. No two people will strive for the exact same goal, but we all must have goals in order to navigate this thing called life. It is up to us to decide what level of success we want. A lot of our decisions stem from our upbringing, our influences, and our belief system. Do you believe that you can and deserve to have more? Are you satisfied hanging out with people who do not challenge you to grow? Are you the smartest person in your circle? Your answer will determine whether or not you set the correct goals, if any, for your life.
I am not the same person that I was ten or twenty years ago. Today I am debt-free and happy in my own skin. I was that baby who crawled around on the floor wishing I could reach the table. I was that person who wanted to live beyond paycheck to paycheck, but I never applied myself and my finances in a way to achieve that. There were circumstances in my life that led me to believe that getting by was all I would do. Getting married and moving out of my mom’s house was my biggest priority in life. It was after my first failed marriage that I started to realize my potential. And once I realized it, there was no stopping me. So, I say all that to say, this world has a lot to offer if we would take a serious look at what we bring to the table. It is not about your past, or your current circumstances. Who you are inside is what the world needs to see. Failure is a part of your purpose. It makes you stronger and shows you who you really are.