There is a difference between failing and being a failure.
I always thought they were one and the same.
Growing up being bullied — I thought I had failed at developing good relationships, so therefore I was a failure.
Struggling with anxiety and depression for years and years which caused me to hate myself and my life — I thought I failed at having a “normal” brain, so therefore I was a failure.
Returning home early from serving a full-time mission for my Church — I thought I had failed because I couldn’t complete it properly, so therefore I was a failure.
Experiencing powerful suicidal thoughts due to mental illness and cultural expectations — I thought I failed at “keeping it all together”, so therefore I was a failure.
Having my new book rejected 5 times in a row by various publishers — I thought I had failed because no one wanted my story, so therefore I was a failure.
The list could go on and on, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I realized something — there’s a difference between failing and being a failure.
Failing happens to all of us. It sucks, but it can be the greatest launching pad to success, happiness, and fulfillment if we let it.
The only time we become failures in life is if we don’t get back up, don’t try one more time, and decide to give up.
So, to anyone out there who thinks they’re a failure because they can’t overcome an addiction, a weakness, a trial, or they think a challenge has stopped their progress— you can do it!
You’re a WARRIOR. Keep on going!
NO ONE IS A FAILURE WHO KEEPS ON TRYING.