I was inspired by Julie DeNeen and her recent post Go Big or Go Home to write this, mainly because I wrote some really great quotes in my comment. 😀 No, seriously, her post was actually quite inspirational.
“People are too afraid to push themselves beyond what they perceive as their potential.”
That was my first awesome quote.
But why is that? Why do we have a set “potential?” Why do parents stunt their child’s development by telling them to “reach their full potential?” We should all desire to push past, WAY past, that potential. What’s wrong with being a society full of overachievers? We’d have every disease known to man cured, world peace (or domination, whatever) and we’d be a very different human race.
“If you don’t fail, you can’t succeed, and if you’re going to fail, you might as well fail epically!”
My second kickass quote.
Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve always had a drive to learn. It’s almost like an addiction. If I don’t know something, it will annoy me until I look it up and learn about it. Every test I’ve ever failed, or even on which I got just one answer wrong, I’d have to research and find the correct answers. Most people who know me today would say I’m a nerd, and you know what? I’m proud of that. Knowledge is power. Wisdom is the collection of knowledge and the ability to put that knowledge into practice. Wisdom is the ultimate success.
Everyone fails, it’s how we deal with that failure that decides whether or not we will succeed in the long run. My advice? You’re going to fail at some point, you might as well fail epically! A successful failure isn’t an oxymoron.