“Trying is the first step toward failure” quoth the wisest idiot on television Homer Simpson.
“Ha!” my cynical younger self would snort. “Ain’t that the truth?”
Perhaps this is why I’ve never cared much for New Year’s resolutions, goal setting, or ambitious planning. All those hopeful, optimistic sorts of things that mean you are trying to do something grand but will most likely fall far short of the grandness you seek. Like a five-year old trying on a pair of her mother’s high heels and falling flat on her face.
But I’ve been changing, as most people tend to do (thank goodness).
I still believe that trying is the first step toward failure. But now I also believe that failure is the first step toward success.
Every successful person fails hundreds or thousands of times before anybody ever hears of their successes. So this year, my resolution is to make mistakes, to fail and fail hard, and then throw myself a party to celebrate. Because the sooner I make all the mistakes I need to on my road to success, the quicker I’ll get there.
So 2016. This is big. This is scary. This is going to be the biggest, scariest, craziest year of my life. Because in 2016, I’m building my own business.
My 16-year old self would be making the crazy sign around her head right now. And my 26-year old self would probably start running around in circles wringing her hands and biting her nails in a cartoonish frenzy.
I’ve never thought of myself as an entrepreneur, as “that type of person.” I’ve generally been a sort of scared little follower person who doesn’t believe in herself enough to make any difference in the world. Although I’ve always wanted to wear big shoes, I’ve always looked down at my tiny feet in dismay and wondered when in the world I was ever going to fit into them.
But that’s the great thing about getting older, about discovering yourself and your strengths and your true worth. With time comes the chance to change, to find out what’s important in life, and to grow into the shoes you were always meant to wear.
Well, the shoes I’ve been eyeing for awhile now are still too big for my feet, but I’ve realized they will always be too big unless I step into them and start walking around.
So here’s to 2016 and my first awkward steps into the big, scary, exhilarating world of entrepreneurship. Here’s to tripping and falling, trying and failing…but never ever giving up. Because this is the path to success, to the boundless and free life that I seek.
What kind of shoes are you going to try on in 2016?