Earlier today, I got an email: I failed an editing exam for a part-time job I wanted. I was sad, and I felt terribly inadequate. After a few minutes of self-pity, I then reminded myself that failure is always an opportunity for learning.
As far as I’m concerned, every time I fail at something, there are two routes:
Route A: I now know that suck at this particular task, but despite the fact that I failed, I still want to do it. Therefore, I should pursue it and improve my skills. That is, try again, but learn from the mistake and do something different the second time around.
Route B: I now know that I suck at this particular task, and because I failed, I realized I don’t want it badly enough. I know that I should drop it.
Route B is the case here. I didn’t put as much effort as I could have in that test. I was dispassionate about it. I was given the chance to review the topics and take the test again, but I really, really didn’t want to. I now know that I’m meant to be a writer, not an editor, just because I enjoy writing far more. Editing may not be the right path for me.
Without further ado, here’s Day 5 of my 7-day Gratitude Challenge:
1. Learning something about myself – see above
2. A great dinner party with great food, with great people from CrossFit Greenhills
5. Good weather
6. A non-stressful day
In closing, here is my first haiku, which really only makes sense within this context.
Why is failure good?
It’s a learning experience
I’m no editor.