I think it’s only possible to “fail” at anything if you completely stop. Meaning, you tried something, it didn’t get the outcome you hoped for, and then you never pursued it in any form ever again. But, how often does that really happen. If you take a break because you are frustrated and then come back to it, then it’s not a failure. If you change your approach and try again, then it’s not a failure. We can only truly fail when we stop (in every possible way and forever). If we keep going–even just one millimeter further than we were–then all that happened was that we got feedback. Just keep going.
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