Why You Should Fail

Why You Must Fail

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

– J.K. Rowling

Please fail


Take risks.

Doing something stupid.

Be spontaneous.

Follow your heart.

Try a new approach.



Pick yourself up again.

Find a way.

Keep searching.

Keep trying.

Keep failing.

Keep living.

When we live, we fail. When we fail, we find direction. When we find direction, we truly live.

We need to stop being afraid of failing. It doesn’t make you less of a human being. It doesn’t make you worthless, useless or stupid. Failing is not the end of the world.

For so long I felt like a failure.

I have chalked up so many failures over my lifetime already that I sometimes collapsed under the sheer weight of it all. It flattened me. I had tried and tried and tried so many times and failed. Why were things not working out?

In a place of self-pity I wallowed. It felt like the end of the world. ‘Surely if so-and-so can manage this?’ or ‘If that person achieved that?’, why can’t I?

That place of self-pity served me no purpose. It made no difference. It paralysed me through fear. The fear of failure stopped me.

Only when I reached the deepest depths of despair and I had absolutely no other choice did I start taking risks again, start really living again. Sure, some things don’t go to plan, but instead of chalking them down to failure I see them as experience and lessons; as part of the story and journey to greater things.

So now I embrace failure. I see it as an opportunity to learn; a chance to make my life even better.

Every week I look at my failures. I regroup, I work out where I can do better. And I just keep trying.

Because surely that’s the beauty of failure? It can give you a new perspective and a chance for greater things.

Failure is a necessity.

So let’s change our perspective and embrace failure. Only then will we be able to see the crucial messages it sends us.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” 

– Thomas A. Edison




  1. 6 April 2015 / 2:03 pm

    I am always so worried about failing that I sometimes don’t try, I definitely need to get better at getting out of my comfort zone!

    Maria xxx

    • Elizabeth
      6 April 2015 / 4:45 pm

      Absolutely! Outside your comfort zone is where all the awesomeness is happening!

  2. 6 April 2015 / 7:31 pm

    Great post! I’m definitely not afraid to fail anymore after the last few years I’ve had! What’s meant to be will be. 🙂 x

    • Elizabeth
      13 April 2015 / 5:59 pm

      Absolutely. As they say … C’est la vie!

  3. 9 April 2015 / 1:31 pm

    I used to not try because if I didn’t try I couldn’t fail. Then I realised that failing and getting up and getting going again is in many ways more a mark of success than anything.

    I will always love the Samuel Beckett quote: “Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

    • Elizabeth
      13 April 2015 / 5:59 pm

      Yes! The getting back up is the biggest achievement of them all.

  4. 9 April 2015 / 5:17 pm

    This is so inspiring — and so true! We need to learn that failure isn’t something to be afraid of, but something to be embraced! We can learn a lot from failure…

    • Elizabeth
      13 April 2015 / 6:00 pm

      Thanks Melissa! Glad you can share with me in that. 🙂

  5. Emily Jayne
    12 April 2015 / 7:32 pm

    i was going to post the Samuel Beckett quote but siobhan beat me to it! 🙂

    Absolutely, we are nothing without our failures and the lessons we learn from them.

    Post it notes were invented from a ‘failed’ glue! It just took someone to realise its potential.

    • Elizabeth
      13 April 2015 / 6:10 pm

      Love the post it notes example! I love the darn things and never knew that. Out of failures comes awesomeness.

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