I remember my first class in college like it was yesterday. I was a bright-eyed freshman with boundless dreams and endless possibilities before me. I always excelled in academics and was excited to see what I would accomplish in higher learning. My first class was an 8:30 am Chemistry class. I recall sitting in that class and for 50 minutes I had NO idea what the professor was talking about. I left class frustrated and worried that day; if that classroom defined college how in the world was I going to survive?
Fast forward to my first exam, which was incidentally chemistry. I studied all week and was confident that I would get an A. When I received my exam back I was stunned; I failed. FAILED. Before that moment I had never failed any test before. I cried. I cried a lot. I called my parents and tearfully confessed that college was not for me and I should just quit now before I became emotionally damaged from the failure I surely transforming to. Fortunately, my parents didn’t let me quit and now I am the fabulous nurse that you are reading from today.
So my story did turn out well, but I also didn’t tell you about the hundreds of other things I failed throughout college, (luckily not every test because I’m sure you would wonder if I’m a good nurse) and all the tears shed when things didn’t go my way. There were times I tried a different study method but still didn’t get the grade that I wanted. Or when I finally decided to tell someone how they made me feel and the conversation goes the exact opposite of how I rehearsed it in my head. I can name a dozen more setbacks but I’ll just sum it up- I have failed. A lot.
And it’s okay.
Even though I HATE failing, I know when I failed it just means I have now gained experience for my next try. I have now become wiser and more aware; plus I can use my experience to guide others away from my own pitfalls. Thomas Edison said it best: “I haven’t failed 10,000 times. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” And with that 10,001 try, he created the light bulb which has affected our lives for the better.
So my beautiful ambitious ladies: try, fail, then try again. Every success is on the other side of a failure. Let every fall be the fuel to get back up again. This week do something that you are afraid to fail in and watch the success you gain from it.