Today is my birthday. I reached the great age of 23. At 23 I am a junior in college, who works at my university as a student assistant and always has a lot of ideas of what I want to be when I grow up and what I want to accomplish. In my lifetime I have achieved a few things that are noteworthy. I have served, and I continue to serve in the military. I have earned a free college education, managed to keep a boyfriend for almost 4 years and have been able to keep my head up and stay motivated after being disowned by members of my immediate family.
Although those are great accomplishments when I reflect on my past, I can’t help but feel as if I could have done more. Maybe if I made some different choices, I would feel more accomplished or feel that I am on the right path to accomplishing what I want. Either way dwelling on the past won’t help me to reach the level of accomplishment I want. The only way to do that is to achieve my goals and make things happen. So I decided to take a pledge, and that pledge is simple.
I pledge to, “Take Risks and Fall in Love with Failure.”
If you are anything like myself, you were a shy kid growing up who was afraid to do anything outside of the status quo. You stuck to the routine, did what your parents expected of you and didn’t break the rules. Growing up like that as a child can influence your will to take chances and acceptance of failure. At least, that is what happened to me. Now, that I am older, I am over sticking to the status quo and beating myself every time I mess up, I am ready to take some risks and look forward to failure. You can’t be successful without taking a gamble and getting a few bruises, so take the pledge with me.
Being vulnerable and taking risks opens opportunities to find something you love and can bring you closer to your goal. Failure allows you to learn what works and what doesn’t so you can adapt accordingly. The next time you face with a decision, chose to take a chance and I promise I will take a chance too.
Have you taken a rick recently that has paid off whether it be in your personal life or professional life? If so, I would love to hear your story. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.