Success Comes From Failures

Behind Your Success Is A Long Line Of Failures

The people who succeed are ones who know how to fail.

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No one here can say they lived a life without disappointments. If there weren't struggles, why would there need to be for people to rise up to a challenge? If it isn't apparent now, it will be soon. It's better to deal with disappointments now rather than later.

Why wait to struggle? Not choosing to climb the wall doesn't make it go away. It's not like as long as the wall isn't scaled, that it will suddenly crumble and make all of this easy.

Living a safe life might at first appear to be a surefire way to avoid disappointment, yet the pursuit of easy success invites a lifetime of failures. It's not due to failing so often but rather not choosing to accept failing at a task until it's too late.

Since disappointment is inevitable, why not just chase it? Now, chasing failures and setbacks may sound silly and often comes at a cost. However, learning to do something right can't be done until it has first been done wrong. Now, the concept of failing sounds daunting, even scary, but no one can say they will never fail at something.

If you choose to accept the likelihood of failing at an ongoing task, the learning experience obtained will make it much easier to learn from them next time. Most often, being successful isn't a choice. It's like taking a vacation.

At first, it sounds like a weird analogy, seeing as vacations are meant to get away from the hustle of life, but anyone who planned one knows what goes in it. You drive state-to-state to a place you want to visit. Throughout your trip, you face numerous obstacles.

Your car could break down, you might encounter a roadblock, a major car accident might happen on the interstate, the list goes on. That's not going into more mundane interruptions like getting stuck in traffic or having to deal with going to the bathroom at inconvenient times.

These obstacles don't prevent you from reaching your destination, a destination important enough to reach no matter what. The vacation is the result of the destination, not the journey. It's often those mishaps encountered that end up being part of conversations among friends and family years down the road.

The point is, if something like a vacation is worth the frustration involved, surely something that is a passion is worth many more failures and disappointments.

After all, one learns how to succeed after they've known how to fail.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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5 Vital And Helpful Tips I Live By When Packing For A Trip

Try and pack smarter, not harder.

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If you are anything like me, you tend to overpack thinking you are being a great packer and being ready for any scenario that life may throw at you. Well, that is, unfortunately untrue, and I have learned that you are only doing more harm than good. Over the years, I have come up with five tips I always use when traveling and have been proven to work. You've heard of the five golden rules of life, and, well, these are the five golden rules/tips of packing.


1. Start with a packing list.

This is the best tip I could give to anyone else who is getting ready to travel. Making a list is very useful, especially when stressed about your travel. You will not forget anything because you have it all written down. A packing list is a great way to keep organized when packing.

2. Use space bags.

Now, this is a tip my dad lives by. Space bags are great when you are packing because it protects your clothes and makes room to put a lot in your suitcase. The crazy story of a time when my dad was traveling, and his friend's bag was soaked with the shampoo he brought on the plane. All his clothes and everything inside the suitcase was ruined. So always use space bags because you never know what could happen on the flight. You can buy a space bag here.

3. Pack the essentials first.

I will be honest and say that I do over-pack a lot. I use the line "just in case" as an excuse to pack my entire house. But I have learned that packing for "just in case" is a waste of time. When you first sit down to pack, lay out all your essentials. For example, clothes that you will wear during the trip. You will be surprised to see how effective it is.

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4. ALWAYS pack an extra outfit in your carry on.

This tip is one that I have been very grateful that I used. A while ago during my trip to Canada, my check-in bag was missing and delayed for multiple hours. Luckily I had an extra outfit to keep me fresh and not feel gross. It is always crucial to this in your carry on In case of emergencies such as your bag getting lost.

5. Put identification on your suitcase.

Everyone in the airport somehow tends to have the same black or red suitcase that you have, which only means confusing when you're trying to find your check-in bag. To quickly identify your suitcase, put a sticker, or tie a ribbon on the handle. You can easily pick up your suitcase and leave. This will prevent any sneaky people trying to steal or claim that your suitcase is theirs.

P.S.: Use a bright color ribbon or a different sticker. Also, tie the ribbon properly to make sure it's secured.


I live by these five packing tips every time I travel so I hope you can use them the next time you take a trip!

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