I wrote a blog post on the Author Allsorts blog about failure & success.
“L’échec est le fondement de la réussite.”
I bought a bag from a charity shop with those words on them when I was fifteen. I knew enough french to know what “est le fondement de la réussite” meant, but not the first word. I showed my French teacher on the Monday.
“Failure,” she said. “It means failure.”
At fifteen, I didn’t really get it. I was such a Type A personality as a teen. I mean, I still am, but back then an A- would make me cry for an hour. I’m not joking. Perfectionism had caused problems for me–overworking myself in school, acute anxiety, an eating disorder, and a constant, internal refrain that I wasn’t good enough. How was failing even an option, much less a foundation for success?
The original quote is a paradox by Lao-Tzu, and the full saying is: “Failure is the…
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