I hate failing. There seems to be a worship of failing in the Tech community that boggles my mind. I don’t “get it.” Fail fast, fail often, failing helps you learn, etc.
No, failure = losing in my book. Anyone competitive hates to lose. It just isn’t in me to revel in losing.
But back to me failing. I failed on a personal level. I started the year at 198 lbs, and 6 months later I’m 190. It’s been no progress in the past 3 months. Basically, my bad habits have made me fail at shedding 25 lbs by the summertime.
Sure, I can still lose weight (and will). I’ll eventually get to where I need to go. I just don’t like the idea that this failure is something I should be happy about.
So while I hate takeaways in failure, it’s pretty much the only thing “positive” in failure. As Jim Morrison says, “Hold on to your depression; that’s where you learn”
So here’s what I learned in failing.
- I didn’t start with a plan
- Once I got a plan, and saw the results ( hey, I lost 8 pounds after all….)
- I didn’t stick to the plan
- I got overwhelmed in life, which left me exposed to bad habits.
- Consistency is key.
- There is no magic bullet. Except with magical guns.