Fail Grandly

Welcome back to The Life List Club! You’ll find me over at Catie Rhodes’ Full Tilt Backwoods Boogie with my guest post, Empty Your bucket Before You Kick It. So after you read talented Emily Moir’s guest post below, head on over to Catie’s blog and visit me.

Today’s guest, Emily Moir, has a thoughtful post on how beneficial failing can be.

Fail Grandly by Emily Moir

   Today’s question: Is it really better to live the unfulfilled life than risk embarrassment or hurt feelings over failing?

 In answer, I will turn to a movie I absolutely love Meet the Robinsons. One of my favorite parts in the film is where Lewis is trying to fix the PB&J invention and the whole thing blows up in his face. The Robinsons family reacts thusly: 

– You failed!                       Meet The Robinsons                                                                  

– And it was awesome!

– Exceptional!

– Outstanding!

– I’ve seen better.


From failing, you learn. From success, not so much.

 How many times do we avoid taking a chance because we fear failure? Winston Churchill says, “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm”. In those regards, the true failure is when we give up or refuse to take the chance in the first place. Personally, I’d rather have the pile of 983 failed prototypes if it meant I could come up with one working time machine – so to speak.

 How do we learn to accept failure then? By rewiring the way our brains think about it. Traditionally, we view failure as a complete loss. An investment that doesn’t pan out and then we’ve spent our resources for not. Instead, we should view failure as a learning opportunity. If you try assembling a sculpture with super glue and it falls apart, then next time you know that super glue won’t work. Now you’re one step closer to finding what will work. The important part is to pick up the pieces and try something new with them.

Take the opportunity everyday to fail. I realize this statement may hurt your head a little, but do it anyway. Why? So that everyday you’re at least taking advantage of an open opportunity. Replace the word “fail” with “learn” and suddenly it makes sense. By doing this you’ll grow, and eventually you’ll fail to fail. Success is not an illusive specter floating from dream to dream, it’s something standing still at the end of a long and painful road. Allow your failures to shape you into someone who can reach that success.

In closing, I’ll take another line from Meet the Robinsons and, “… propose a toast to [you] and [your] brilliant failure[s]. May [they] lead to success in the future”.

Emily has lived in Utah for nearly twenty years, and in the Tooele area for about fifteen of those years. When not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, lurking around the movie theaters or out enjoying nature. Emily primarily writes fantasy, short psychological-horror, and humorous articles. She is currently writing a fantasy series entitled The Chronicles of the Gossamer Dreams.

How do you feel about failure? Is it a positive learning experience or is it a chink in your armor?

You know I love hearing from you and anxiously await your comment!

Emily, thank you for your wonderful, makes-you-think post! I’m so happy to have you today and look forward to our next time together!

Don’t forget to go visit all of our other Life List Club writers and their guest posts today! All the writers are listed in the blogroll at the right entitled Life List Club Blogroll.

!!ATTENTION!! Please welcome our newest writer in the Life List Club, Jenny Hansen! *balloons going airborne* Jenny is a wonderful writer and I know you’ll love her blog, too! WELCOME, JENNY!


26 thoughts on “Fail Grandly

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  3. Thanks for the balloons, Marcia…LOVED ’em!!

    Emily, this was a lovely post. Of course I fear failure as much as the next gal but I’m getting better all the time. I learn so damn much when things fall apart.

    My fave line in this post: “Success is not an illusive specter floating from dream to dream, it’s something standing still at the end of a long and painful road. ”


  4. Goes in line with Kristen Lamb’s post about Failing Forward. The most successful people turn failure into a learning opportunity. I really believe in that. And my favorite line she said was failure should be made of stepping stones, not tombstones. So true.

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  7. Marcia, I like this saying … I think from Weight Watchers years ago … “There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.” Which goes right along with failure being a great teacher.

  8. Failure is part of the process – without it there’s no thrill in the journey and no experiences to learn from. As long as we never let it break our spirits, it is an essential part of our tool boxes. Awesome post, Emily!

  9. Your blog is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. The Churchill quote is wonderful. I’d never heard it before.
    If I learn something from a mistake I don’t see it as a failure, though I sometimes get a little impatient with the time that it takes. Great post!

  10. “Failure is essential for success”. Yep. It might be scary, but if we don’t try, isn’t that failure in the worst sense? At least doing something and failing is learning. Great post!

  11. An old saying that fits well here: “The road of success is paved with the stones of failure”. Few things are ever absolute losses, especially if we take the time to learn from the failures we experience.

    Excellent post and ideas, Emily!

  12. Absolutely failure is essential for success…how funny we both used the Churchill quote and blogged about success and failure this week…I love your blog…wonderful post!!

    • Thanks, Donna. My guest writes well and always receives alot of praise for her posts. i’m so happy to host Emily!
      By the way, I haven’t been getting your blogs and thought you weren’t writing for awhile. I’d better go over and subscribe again. I wonder what happened?

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