If you've been on the PitStop Press Express for some time now, you may have noticed that we love highlighting the inspirational and positive aspects of the harrowing journey to "success". However, we realize that it's not all sunshine and daisies. So now, we dive into the pitfalls and disappointments & how to handle them gracefully - The art of failure.
The road to success, whatever that may mean to you, be it being on a stadium stage or daydreaming of playing an acoustic on a front porch for your future grandchildren - has it's many hiccups, which can often times be so disappointing that you feel like giving up.
One of the most poetic musicians that we've been touched with is Johnny Cash and we are still to this day swooning over one of his quotes on failure, "You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space." We love how he touches on using your failures as positives, transmuting the energy and finding the rainbow at the end of a storm. This is the way you can failure work for you rather than work against you.
Below, we discuss three major ideas surrounding failure...
1. Thicker skin
Is it a myth? Does your emotional skin actually get tougher or do we just get worn down and give in to having less expectations out of life? We'd like to keep it positive and recognize that going through failures can give you tools via teaching lessons to interpret future situations, thus appear to give you thicker skin. If it makes your life easier and you're still able to be open & sensitive to your environment, then why not!?
2. Appreciating When Things Go Right
Life just isn't that easy, unexpected events and situations are bound to cross all of our paths throughout our lives. If everything was perfect, wouldn't we be spoiled rather quickly and stop being thankful for the simple things, for the days when things just go right?
3. Learning Lessons
You may have not been chosen for that audition. Should you give up on your art completely or attempt to remove your ego, not take it so personally and look at it objectively? You may have had a bad show. Be honest with yourself. It won't be fun to dig into what went wrong but it will certainly help you make sure that old cable won't stand in your way next time!
We can't help but be positive so, dust yourself off, pick your head back up and become your very own alchemist - turn metal into gold.