How Society Needs To Change Its Definition Of Failure

How Society Needs To Change Its Definition Of Failure

Stop discouraging failure, and encourage the attempt of something new

We live in a society where failure is frowned upon. However, failure is not exactly what society defines it as. The dictionary definition of failure is "lack of success". Failure means that you did not attempt to do something, not that you did not do something well. People often flip-flop what failure actually is in their heads and become discouraged from ever attempting anything new.

People are not perfect! Everyone makes mistakes, but luckily those mistakes help us to grow and change into the person we will eventually become. Even the top athletes in the world were not born being excellent at a certain sport. Athletes have to work at it and practice until they can perform well in a sport and, even then, they still miss shots and experience losses. No one is perfect, and that is something that is beautiful and wonderful about this world.

Attempting to do something and not doing it perfectly the first time does not mean that you have failed. It simply means that you need to keep working at whatever it is you want to do and try again. Hard work and practice lead to success. Just because you do not do something well the first time, do not give up. If you give up, then you will never improve. Giving up and accepting defeat is failing just as much as never trying in the first place.

Always learn from whatever it is that you may be doing. Learning is how we grow and improve ourselves. For example, if someone is baking cookies, and they accidentally add too much baking soda to the cookie batter and the cookies do not come out as well as they expected, then this particular cookie-baking experience would be considered a failure. However, if that person learns the correct recipe for the cookies and adds the right amount of baking soda to the batter the next time they bake the cookies, then they have turned a failure into a learning experience. Now, are the cookies going to come out perfectly every single time? No. However, each and every time the cookies do not come out exactly right, the person baking the cooking skills is learning and improving their baking skills. Furthermore, a simple cookie-baking failure could teach a person to improve their skills at following directions, and patience when waiting for the cookies to turn out the right way.

So, go out there and fail! Turn your failure into a learning experience. The only way that you can fail is if you don't try in the first place. No one ever learned any new skills from sitting around. Learn to fail, and learn from your failures. Everyone is capable of great things, we just have to get out there and try.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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