Fail. Fail again. Fail better.
The Buddhist nun Pema Chodron opened a commencement address with this quote and said that these words could help the graduates more than anything else over the following months or years of their lives.
Could be true.
Very little has produced a more positive impact in my life than (gradually, imperfectly, painfully…) reducing the amount of time and energy expended wrestling perfectionism.
The better I do embracing my own imperfections, the more readily I can accept reality, specifically the part of reality where I make mistakes. And the more effortlessly I accept things as they are, the more energy I have available to work toward creating a new reality I’d like to see.
Besides, as a wise man once said, I’ve learned far more from my failures than I ever did from my successes.
So let’s fail. And fail again. And fail better.
Fail Fail Again Fail Better by Pema Chodron is a very quick, worthwhile read. Bonus: Seth Godin did the foreword.