Fish Leaping

How trying can beat winning

Some things you absolutely have to get right.

But more often, waiting to start until you are sure you can win will slow down your progress.

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. This humor from the past tells only part of the story. Sometimes the only way you can reach a really important goal is to take a running start at it, give it all you’ve got and try again after you’ve failed.

Experience is far more than a consolation prize. Just as a snowball gains power as it rolls downhill, experience and resilience accumulate. Combined, a series of failed attempts can make you more valuable than a single win; especially if your attempts build on each other.

Try, experiment, and broaden your understanding of how things work. Take smart chances. Feelings of failure have no power over you, and your life will stay in perspective if you also use this philosophy:

Look at everything you attempt as a rehearsal for the attempts that will follow.

Dave Dunn

Get Life Right: Lots of ideas to help you live a comfortable, fulfilling life by David Dunn