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    5 Times I Failed and What I Learned

    Last Saturday, I attended my final goal group meeting of the year. This is the meeting where we are asked to stand up in front of the group and state what our biggest challenges and our biggest achievements were this year. Insert panic here. When I looked back at the goals I set last January, I couldn’t check many off the list. I wondered if perhaps I set the wrong goals. Or maybe I didn’t try hard enough?  Or could it be that I  just simply suck? Have you ever had a year like that?

    If I had to sum up 2017 in one word, it would be challenging. My husband left his very good job at a prominant company last August to launch his indie virtual reality game. What set out to be a six-month project, has turned into fourteen months of the unknown. And I’m sorry to admit that I don’t handle the unknown very well. Funny that I chose to be an entrepreneur!

    This morning, as I was reading my email in bed per usual, my husband came in the room, sat down in our chair and said, “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking.” Uh oh, I thought. This can’t be good. Turns out, over night, he had found the clarity I had been praying about for months. For 20 minutes he sat there and rattled off all the ways he felt like he had failed over the last year with his launch, and what he needed to do about it. And he was REALLY hard on himself. But he was also on fire in a way I haven’t seen from him in a very long time. It really got me thinking about all the times I have “failed.” But more importantly, the lessons learned from failure. I hope by sharing some of my own challenges, it will help you feel less alone in your proclalimed “failures,” and realize that like the Phoenix, you too, can rise from the ashes.

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