If You Want To Be Happy, Embrace Failure.

For most of my life I’ve struggled with being a perfectionist. I’ve missed out on countless opportunities, projects and experiences because I wanted to get them exactly right and was afraid that I wouldn’t. Over the years I’ve slowly learned that this isn’t the way forward. Not only that but failure isn’t nearly as bad as we make it out to be in our heads.

Though Catalog lays out the case for embracing failure. Not only is failure a natural part of life–making trying to avoid it pointless–it’s a vital part of the learning process.

Failure means you accept you are imperfect and are willing to learn, to grow, to thrive.

You shouldn’t feel like your failures were wastes of time because you learned something along the journey. Maybe those lessons didn’t help you succeed this time around, but they could be the key the next time. Remember, whenever you put yourself out there, you are becoming stronger. You are constantly growing. You are consistently evolving. You should trust that you are headed in the right direction. If you want to see success, you just have to keep going.