By Beth Saunders
It’s International Women’s Day. I love being in a company of all women. Strong Women. Smart Women. Caring Women. We are athletes, mothers, daughters, wives, girlfriends, mentors, students, colleagues. And we celebrate not only on this day, but every day at LMP the fact that we are women. I watched all morning on TV news programs AMAZING women being celebrated for their accomplishments, and almost all of them cited failure before success. So that got me to thinking about Failure on International Women’s Day!. Hmmm, you say. Why talk about failure on such a day? A day when we should be celebrating our accomplishments. I contend that we accomplish so much due to past failures and embracing that as a reason to move forward versus standing still in paralysis.
Failure is transforming. Failure is humbling. Failure is liberating. Failure is enlightening. Failure is the antidote to complacency. Failure is part of the process of Success. Failure is a stepping stone. Failure is required- you need to suffer the agony of defeat to appreciate the thrill of success. Failure is preparation for the hard knocks of life. Failure is delay, not defeat. Failure is possibility. Failure is human.
And most importantly, Failure is temporary.
I think women are the species who can be most harsh on themselves when it comes to failure. But they inspire me. I am often encouraged in my own and frequent failures. I thought I would share this thought with all of the strong, wonderful women in my life today (at LMP and elsewhere). Do not be afraid to fail.