Cover of book Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown

by: Pema Chodron

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10 Highlights | 1 Note
  • … to begin to question what is really happening when there is a failure
  • He said that mistakes can be “the portals of discovery.&rdqu;
    In other words, mistakes are the portal to creativity, to learning something new, to having a fresh look on things.
    Note: he = James Joyce, #eq, James Joyce
  • It's hart to tell what's a failure and what's just something that is shifting your life in a whole new direction.
  • Getting curious about outer circumstances and how they are impacting you, noticing what words come out and what your internal discussion is, this is the key.
  • … get curious about what is going on and listen to the storylines.
  • Get deeply in contact with what it feels like to be there at the end again. … Try to have your practice be contacting that feeling, not the storyline, and allowing yourself to really feel it.
  • Really look at how it all gets started in the beginning. Often there is some kind of addiction to something that you're really drawn to that keeps ending with the same feeling.
  • If you follow your heart, you're gonna feel better than if you hold back because of fear.
  • But when you follow your heart - with a career change or writing the book, or whatever it might be - there is no guarantee that the whole thing won't be a total failure, and there's no guarantee that you're not going to get criticisms.
  • … attitude is everything. Attitude with a kind of lungta , which means uplifted, connected with the energy of life. It's seeing the glass half-full. And there's potential for growth always in whatever is happening.