You're Not a Failure, You're a Scientist.


Failure is just a story we tell ourselves.

One of the biggest things that holds us back from trying something new is the fear of failing at it — but what if we changed our narrative from this black or white, success or failure outcome? What if we opened our minds to the infinite possibilities for how this story of trying could play out? Let’s redefine for ourselves what it means to fail, and tell ourselves a story in which we don’t need to be fearful of it.

Personally, I like to think of just about everything in life as an experiment.

Your role is to set the experiment in motion, and then without deciding beforehand what is right or wrong, simply observe the outcomes. If you then decide to pivot, or you determine that the outcomes aren’t going to work for you, this is not failure. From my perspective, to fail is to give up based on assumptions, rather than giving the experiment enough time to play out and to teach you something. Even if you learned that your idea doesn’t work for you and you move on, this is a success, because you are wiser for it. When you get your next great idea, you’ll be ready to jump in with an even better idea of how to guide it to your own version of progress.

Stay curious, optimistic, and open-minded, and you’ll create success. You are not a failure, you are a scientist.