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Failure



Failure is when we fall short of our goals or are not successful in achieving what we set out to do. But even though failure is an inevitable and necessary part of growth and understanding, we learn very early to attach a heavy sense of self-judgment to it, leading to intense feelings of shame, rejection, and self-criticism. Fear of encountering these feelings drives us to avoid failure—or even the appearance of it—by any means necessary, taking actions that don’t align with our values or preventing ourselves from attempting what we feel our hearts are calling us to do. Examining and adjusting how we use the lens of failure to describe ourselves and others is a key step in living boldly as our whole selves.

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The Perfectionist Trap

One of the greatest obstacles to a good life is the expectation of perfection.

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How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned from Things Going Wrong

Inspired by her hugely popular podcast, How to Fail is Elizabeth Day’s brilliantly funny, painfully honest and insightful celebration of things going wrong. This is a book for anyone who has ever failed. Which means it’s a book for everyone.

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What Is the Fear of Failure?

While everyone may be afraid of failing from time to time, it becomes more serious when it inhibits your ability to pursue your goals and achieve the things you want to accomplish in life.

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FindCenterPeople’s sense of self-worth is pivotal to their ability to look clearly at the hurt they’ve caused. The more solid one’s sense of self regard, the more likely that that person can feel empathy and compassion for the hurt party, and apologize from an authentic center.

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Why Our Definition of Failure Is All Wrong - Street Philosophy with Jay Shetty

Motivational philosopher Jay Shetty explains that there is no such thing as an overnight success.

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The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s...

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On Failing Forward and Pivoting

Have you ever heard one of those horror stories about students who fail out of college because they did not do what they were supposed to do? Hi, yeah, I, unfortunately, have one of those horror stories to share.

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FindCenterFreedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

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Overcoming Your Fear of Failure

Did you know that the fear of failure is the single greatest obstacle to success in adult life?

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You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life

Why is life getting harder instead of easier? How do I get back up after life knocks me down? And how do I grow stronger and live more intentionally? We no longer have the tools to handle failure…or even perceived failure. When we fall, we lie on the sidewalk crying. When we spill, we splatter.

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