Let’s hear it for failing!
This month on The Bloq we’re celebrating failure!…wait, what? Seems counter-intuitive, right? So I’ll pose a question: When was the last time you had a “quake” moment? You know, one of those revelatory moments where you change the course of your life and generate true change from within? What preceded that moment? There’s a chance that moment happens when “everything is awesome” (cue song), but I’d wager a bet that it was after a massive failure that left you feeling crushed. What did you do after that moment? Did you lie down and say “that’s it, I’m done with this trying thing.”? Of course not, because failure is an everyday part of life.
With so much talk about winning temperaments and being a nation that sings the praises of winners, I’m here to celebrate the losers. Here’s the thing, losing sucks. When plans go astray or life events don’t work out the way you thought they would, it creates an emotional vacuum. If you’re not used to failure it’s very easy to get sucked into that whirlpool and that’s when bad choices rear their ugly head. If you embrace the idea that failure is an excellent learning tool, it frees you to feel the effects of your failures, process them and then learn from them. Then the hope is you don’t make the same mistakes over and over. Think about it — Steve Jobs lost control of Apple only to come back and perch his former company atop the pop culture podium. Do you think he would have had the same drive and impact if he succeeded at every turn? That’s food for thought that won’t disrupt your macros. Chew on it and see how it tastes.
I hope you enjoy this month’s selection of articles — We look at how to tap into your inner kid to get fit, how a ketogenic diet saved yet another person with an “incurable” illness, how to use video games as a productivity tool and we even take a very candid, honest look at some of Quest’s past failures. So poke around, get inspired and go out there and fail your ass off! And if you’ve got a story of failure you’d like to share, please send them to yours truly [email protected] — who knows, you might get featured on The Bloq!