So a few days ago my wife and I had a sit down with our son and she expressed how we are there for him if he needs us and that he now has to get to a point where he has to learn how to do things on his on and understand that he will fail. Then I told him to not look at it as failure, but as a learned lesson and my wife agreed. For the rest of that evening and night I was thinking about that word. Failure. It has such a negative connotation to it, and rightfully so. You don't want to fail. Its embarrassing. Its dreadful. Its a knockout blow to your confidence. I've dealt with failure in all aspects of my life and looking back on it I've learned this: Failure can be your foundation and is not the end all be all. I know laugh or cringe when people say "failure is not an option", which in some situations that is true. But failure is suppose to strengthen you and build character. By being successful all the time you start to feel entitled and will start to ease up a bit because you've been successful for so long. Then once you fail you don't know how to handle it because you're in unfamiliar territory. You don't know how to handle it or where to start. So when you fail you have two choices: Stay down or Get Up. Staying down is easier and more convenient. You can just wallow in sorrow for x amount of time and just throw yourself a hell of a pity party. Or you can get up and be better than before. Learn from that failure. Make it impossible to make the same mistake twice. Get that laser-like focus in yourself and fight back. You control your narrative. The crazy thing about life is your can do your absolute best and still fail. The awesome part about that is that will make you be better than that best you just put out. This isn't a "drop a jewel" on'em blog post. Just something I thought about while talking with my family.