If At First You Don’t Succeed…

The Little Engine That Could - Become the Little Engine That Did

  • 1. …Try, Try Again.
  • Of course, it’s much easier than it sounds. Anger and fear usually set in as a result of frustration. Anger as a result of the task being thought of as a simple one, and failure was the reward for trying the first time. Fear of not being able to accomplish such a task also makes it that much more difficult.
  • When a combination of the two is experienced, those emotions spark up a slew of others; all of which only blur the mind to make the task seem even more impossible.
  • 2. …Give up and let the dust settle.
  • It’s tempting at times, but to give up means to admit defeat. It may not be possible to win every war in life, but it certainly does not hurt to try. The dust that settles will only cover the initial attempt in part. The memory will remain and history will eventually rear its ugly head to bring about the task once more anew.
  • When the chance is offered, be sure to have the proper tools and skill so that victory will result.
  • 3. …Pay someone else to do it.
  • There are surely hundreds of professionals, if not thousands, who would be more than willing to take your project and make it appear the easiest task in the world. Of course, in order to hire anyone else, payment would be expected at some point during the project, and along with it, victory would belong to another.

If at first you don’t succeed and you would like to try again, release the negative emotion that has built up to begin with a clear mind. Remember that failure is a reward in itself, because it shows you that it’s time to sharpen your tools and increase your skill; to ultimately make you a better person.

Yes, someone else may be able to do the project that you have setup better and likely even quicker, but as the proverb reminds us: If you want something done right the first time, you had better do it yourself. Along with knowing that the project was completed to your approval, you’ll also enjoy the satisfaction of having completed your goal.


Image Source: Cliff; used under the Creative Commons Licensing.

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8 thoughts on “If At First You Don’t Succeed…

    • If mistakes were never made, it would likely be boring at times, but everything would have been done correctly the first time around, no matter the task. There would still be many topics to choose from; all without worry of wrongly writing what will be written.

      In general, I think mistakes from one aspect of life are able to help improve not only in that area, but also in other areas of one’s life in which there are some similarities.

      As always, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      • Mistakes in writing will always happen because it’s that hard. We can always improve in writing. It’s not so much a matter of making a mistake sometimes, but how much better it can be. What do you think? Of course, one should never stop trying.

      • Mistakes will always be made; not only in writing, but also in other areas of life. We’re only human, and it’s been suggested many times that humans learn from their mistakes. Without mistakes there will be nothing learned.

  1. If only everyone took failures and mistakes as optimistically as you do dear Husted! Mistakes are only doors to far better opportunites, if we realise. :-)
    Keep more of them coming! :-)
    -Asha

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