Let’s Get Personal — Success Can Be Boring and Failure is an Option

In fact, it’s something worth chasing, celebrating, and definitely worthy of forgiveness

Photo by: David Drake — My face thinking about all of my failures, of which there are many.

My failures are my stories, and they’re probably yours too.

Success Porn is Totally a Thing (But Maybe Don’t Search for it on Google)

There are plenty of successful people, but their successes aren’t extraordinary. How they failed on the way there? Those are some interesting stories.

The Only Thing Constant in Life is Change… and Failure

Photos by: David Drake — One of my favorite quotes that I’ve been saying for years. — Art by @zuhg_art
  1. I felt like I didn’t give her enough love, affection, and attention during the day to supplant the emotion of yearning a kid of divorced parents experiences. I felt responsible for her sadness; a totally horrible feeling to have.
  2. I knew I probably wasn’t going to end up publishing anything online for day 6 of 60 for creating a writing habit.
  3. I knew I was going to be tired in the morning and therefore not be able to finish up some writing for work I wanted to get done before the day started.
  1. I don’t have any control over her feelings. It’s normal for a child to miss a parent when they’re gone. It’s not my fault, at all, that she feels sad. I’m a very good father and I’m getting better at it every day.
  2. I did write something. It wasn’t great, but I did write something. And I also never promised myself I’d actually publish something online every day for 60 days, just that I’d write.
  3. There’s always work to do. My child is my priority in my life. I will get my stuff done for work tomorrow, and getting it done a few hours later than I wanted to is not going to make or break the success of it.

Learning to Forgive Myself is One of My Favorite Parts About Self-Love

Public Domain — Frontispiece for “An Essay on Criticism”
  • I don’t really have many regrets; just failures I’m always working to forgive myself for.
  • I’m proud of who I am and what I’ve accomplished.
  • I’m excited about where my life is taking me, and always eager to see what tomorrow brings.

To Wrap it All Up? Life is Still Very Hard.

Day 6, I mean, 7 of 60 for developing a writing habit.

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David Drake

Accomplished Father, Leader, Engineer, Writer, and Wannabe Chef. @randomdrake