What Would You Do If There Was No Such Thing as Failure?
We get to choose what success and failure personally mean to us in each scenario.
We don’t have to subscribe to society’s standards of how each is defined. If we lived by those standards, we would end up chasing what we think we should want, not what we actually want. Then we would end up perpetually dissatisfied and confused. I think we’ve all been there…
I’ve been there each time I let my ego choose my pursuits: winning a cosplay competition, earning medals in powerlifting competitions, having a 6-figure job, achieving certifications, traveling to certain destinations, etc. I talked about this more on the Sure Uncertainty Podcast in Episode 23: Unraveling Ego & Identity and Episode 24: Navigating Egoic Reactions.
We often have to experience a lot of what we don’t want to figure out what we really do want. We rarely have the luxury of instant clarity. It’s more of a troubleshooting process. That’s the nature of navigating life and it’s all okay. We learn something in everything—especially when we experience “failures” or redirections.
The point is, YOU get to choose what success means to you. Not someone you’re trying to impress. Not society. You get to choose with your whole heart and soul.
I spent most of my 20s chasing someone else’s idea of success and I’m grateful to say that is no longer the case.
When it comes to making my Green as the Soul music, I define success as creating my music and putting it out in the world. It’s enough for me to enjoy the process of creating these auditory expressions of my soul.
If my music helped someone a quarter of a fraction as much as music has helped me throughout my life, that would be pretty amazing—but my idea of success is not resting on that.
I define failure as not creating my music at all… and that’s not how this is going to go.
What would you do if there was no such thing as failure?
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