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failure. ok, wait, let me clarify. i just read a great article by elizabeth gilbert (of eat, pray, love) for o magazine (may 2010). in summation, gilbert states in the article (titled “failure is the only option”) that “the key to a well-lived life: screw up (often, and boldly), learn from your mistakes, repeat. we make mistakes. we take sharp turns, hoping to stumble on an open path, only to bump into dead-end-walls and have to back up and start all over again…let’s just anticipate that we (all of us) will disappoint ourselves somehow in the decade to come. go ahead and let it happen…for this is how maps get charted – by taking wrong turns that lead to surprising passageways that open into spectacularly unexpected new worlds…fall flat on your face if you must, but please, for the sake of us all, do not stop. map your own life.”

see failure as success because it means that we gave ourselves permission to live life fully, to take chances, and to really put ourselves out there. through failure (and sometimes pain), we learn valuable lessons and accomplish our greatest achievements. keep on keeping on.

source: left mine / right richard meier for harper's bazarre via design for mankind

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