Our world worships success and idealizes winners. People often feel like an absolute loser when they don’t reach their goals immediately.
I certainly understand, for up until now, I would condemn myself as a failure when I didn’t reach my goal. Or I would continue a project that I struggled with because I didn’t want to be seen as a failure if I quit. What a frustrating and joyless life!
But what if there was a new view of failure? What if this perspective liberated you by freeing you to take another step towards your current goal or create a new goal? Tamara Levitt shares her healthy perception of failure in her video “Ode to Failure.”
Ms. Levitt is an artist who chats openly about the failures she experienced in her struggle to attain artistic success. She also shares the wisdom she acquired in the process. She speaks about her decision to end her musical career under the misguided direction of a counselor when she failed to obtain a recording contract.
She asserts that we have a distorted view of success. She emphasizes that when the goal is all that matters we often miss the beauty that we experience in the process. Since we idealize winners and condemn “failures,” many people fight against the limitations they experience. People struggle endlessly to achieve a goal instead of accepting their limitation and working with their nature.
I can relate to this experience. I struggled to create a network marketing business for almost 20 years and had little success. Then after reassessing the situation I realized that network marketing is a business model that does not work for my personality.
I am a star performer personality and I am more successful marketing my own products & services. Marketing other people’s products and services, a.k.a. network marketing, is a poor fit. Currently I’m being mentored by a successful entrepreneur and learning how to develop products that will serve women.
Tamara Levitt persuades us to accept our limitations and liberate ourselves from the need to be perfect. She encourages us to celebrate the smallest victory we achieve in the journey to our goals.
Towards the end she encourages us to remember that:
We are good enough.
Just because we may have a failure,
It does not mean that we are a failure.
As you view the video reflect on your past failures. How did you feel when you failed? Could Tamara’s perspective help you in the future?
Before you start to condemn yourself for your past failures, check out this video on famous failures. You’re in excellent company!
“The Joyful Freedom Diva”
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