How To Not Fail At Life: A Guide That Doesn't Exist
Start writing a post
Student Life

How To Not Fail At Life: A Guide That Doesn't Exist

If only there was a step-by-step guide that prevented us from failing, am I right?

How To Not Fail At Life: A Guide That Doesn't Exist

Well, you can’t. Shocker. Ready for the second wave of shock? It’s probably a good thing people fail every once in a while. No, I am not some emo person. Although, it is finals week so maybe I am subconsciously sad. Regardless, as much as we may hate failure, it is necessary. Why? Uh, that’s a very good question.


Of course, I am going to answer why it’s a good thing people fail. Otherwise, what would be the point of writing this other than to just check “write article” off of my to-do list. Which, I must admit, is quite an incentive because there is nothing more satisfying than crossing something off of a list, signaling completion and not failure. Ha. See that? Now that is how you thread a metaphor through your writing.

OK, but in all seriousness, failure is something we need to experience in order to enact change.

If you are doing something, anything really, and you do not face any consequences, what is your assumption about your actions? That what you’re doing is right, right? If your actions cause no negative reaction, obviously all is decent in the world. So you keep doing this same thing you have been doing, just living, thinking you’re a great, successful person.

You don’t change anything, because why should you? There is no reason to. Changing yourself would be the most illogical course of action in this scenario. But imagine what would happen if no one and nothing ever changed? Not only would life be boring as hell, but the life you’re currently living wouldn’t exist.

Woah. That was pretty deep.

Imagine that. A life without a screen from which you are probably reading these words from. Who am I kidding, talking about the nonexistence of electronics, we wouldn’t even have light bulbs! Just like Edison said when he was trying to get the lightbulb to work, he didn’t fail, he just found a lot of ways that don’t work.

We are so afraid of failure, but why should we be? Cause of humiliation? Let them laugh. They won’t be laughing when you are the light that shines brighter than any other, illuminating the world. So how do you not fail at life? By failing.

Embrace failure because, without failure, there is no such thing as success.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments