Why It's Okay to Fail

I strive for perfection in almost everything I do so it’s extremely difficult for me to handle when I fail at something. Failing to me can be something small or something huge. I consider it a failure if I flub my words when speaking to a stranger. I considerate it a failure when I receive something lower than a B in school. That’s a not a way to live though, and I’m trying to accept that failure is a definite part of life.

It’s okay to fail. Getting an F on a paper or, if you’re like me, anything lower than a B is not the end of the world. You will get through it. You will still be able to pass the class (if not, that’s okay, there’s grade replacements and you’re able to retake classes for a reason).  This F is not going to follow you throughout your career. Especially after you graduate college.

I considered it a failure when I applied for the RA job and I didn’t get it. I was so disappointed. But, now I’m getting the opportunity to get to know my new roommate and I have so much more time than I would if I was a RA. I get to have two Virtual Assistant jobs, which means I get to make my own hours and get paid weekly. If you didn’t get the job you want that means it wasn’t meant for you. Next time you apply and interview, learn from your mistakes and try and do better next time.

When you fail, look at it this way: you only get to have more opportunities. You messed up in a presentation in front of your class. That’s okay! You will practice harder and know your material better next time.

When you fail, you learn from your mistakes. You try harder, and do better. It’s okay to fail. It’s always okay to fail. As long as you use your failure as a learning experience, you will be okay! Everything happens for a reason, try not to forget that!

Why do you think it’s okay to fail?


  1. I know this feeling all too well, growing up as a type-A perfectionist. You are more than your mistakes!

  2. Love this insight! Great post!

  3. What a positive post!
    I definitely am the same way -- always kicking myself when I make errors but we shouldn't beat ourselves up about things like that.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  4. I've failed, fallen and made mistakes SO many times. It can totally damage your ego but usually you can turn it around eventually. I love your positivity girl!

  5. This was really hard for me in school. Getting anything less than a B was devastating. I think it's so important to know that it's okay to fail and a to see it as an opportunity to grow. Such good advice!

    xo Ashley

  6. I'm like you. My failures are an average person's successes, but it really depends on the person.

    xx. Brittany | Southern Soul

  7. I totally agree with this. I really am so hard on myself and I'm the biggest bully to my own self. But I think if we realize that sometimes it's okay to fail, then we'll be better off!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  8. Love all of this! We're all our own biggest bullies- failures lead to all kinds of amazing successes, I've definitely learned that!

    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

  9. I can totally relate! I am definitely way too hard on myself too. I remember my first B ever, lets just say that was not a good day!

  10. I completely agree! I viewed myself as a failure for a long time for not getting into the law school that I wanted to, but soooo many doors opened when that one shut. I always try to cling to my faith in situations like that.

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  11. AMEN. Every failure brings you one step closer to success!

    Diary of a Debutante

  12. I always feel the same way when I don't get a job or opportunity I applied for, or something doesn't work out as expected. I always find that it ends up working out for the right reason and better things are ahead!

  13. Love this post! Sometimes setbacks are a good time to make sure you're on the right path. Like you said, sometimes failures are just things that aren't meant to be, and this NO is setting you up for a better YES!

  14. Because that's the best way to learn, from your own mistakes. :)

    xo // www.thematerialgirl.co


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