Failure Happens During the Journey

After I published my blog, 'Happy Birthday to TheFatGuy', on Tuesday I received some interesting comments. One comment was almost immediate. I have communicated with several people recently who have been discouraged by the results when trying to change themselves, especially as it pertains to weight loss.

My post on Tuesday talked about just how bad I felt in 2009 and just how good I feel today. The difference is amazing, but no more amazing than the journey! Anyone that knows ME, knows I have experienced my share of failure along this journey. Sometimes I have felt as though I have experienced more than my share of failure along the way! I have had bad days and 2011 was a particularly tough year for ME when it comes to hitting targets and getting things done I want and need to get done.

It all reminds me of a supervisor I worked with early in my career at the Ports Authority. He did marginal work and got by with producing the minimum amount of work each day. I, on the other hand, was always competing with myself and pushing to get more done with less. I was always good at getting the job done, plus some. Well, one day I made a very minor mistake on some paperwork and you would have thought I had set fire to the warehouse by the way this other guy acted. He went on and on  about how I had made a mistake and how I had 'failed' to do MY job. To say I was a little pissed off is probably an understatement. I was 24 years old and getting called down by a peer in his forties that didn't do squat. I still remember composing myself and saying to him, "I know you never make a mistake, I have paid attention to that fact." He smiled at this statement. Then I followed with, "And you know, those who do nothing very rarely make a mistake or fail! So, you will probably never fail, because you are so good at not doing anything!"

If I am really trying, I am going to experience failures. I am going to have some setbacks that test ME. That is part of the journey. We have all heard some version of, "The only failure is failing to try."  Learning from our failures and using them to put positive building blocks in place are the most important part of failure to ME.

Failure does not define who I am and should NEVER DEFINE WHO YOU ARE! One recent quote I saw that illustrates this is, 'Failure is an event, never a person.' ~William D. Brown

Note to ME and YOU: I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby   (Always face in the right direction for YOU, not where someone else wants to point you- TheFatGuy)

TheFatGuy

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2 thoughts on “Failure Happens During the Journey

  1. Mike I THINK I might LOVE that last line of your blog but, maybe it’s m, or my stupid computer.. I can’t see the last line because the blog is cut off as if the column is to narrow for your content. I wanted to really know that last line! I have a feeling it will be a favorite for me! :)) I like your post! Rewminded me to not be too hard on myself. I usually am lol. Thanks ! Colleen Kelly 🙂

    Now, skinny girl 😉

  2. Coleen(Skinny Girl),

    Below I have the last line and, as alwasy, My Note. Loved the Gun Smoke read. I saw way too many of them originally to admit!

    Failure does not define who I am and should NEVER DEFINE WHO YOU ARE! One recent quote I saw that illustrates this is, 'Failure is an event, never a person.' ~William D. Brown
    Note to ME and YOU: I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby (Always face in the right direction for YOU, not where someone else wants to point you- TheFatGuy)
    TheFatGuy