Fail-Proof Your Twenties! One Simple Step to a Freaking Fail-Proof Life

Posted on March 24th, 2011

 

Fail-proofing your twenties might seem too good to be true, but I’ve got the secret sauce you’ll want to spread across the entire decade. I first mentioned this in the Top Five Things We Should Have Heard At Graduation, but let me elaborate further as it’s something I need to hear over and over and over and over. And over. And…

I don’t know about you but I can’t say my twenties have been a roaring success. There’s been sprinkles of achievement sure, but not the random-people-hoisting-me-up-on-their-shoulders-like-a-quarterback-who-just-won-the-Super-Bowl success – like I’d imagined.

That’s why when giving us the secret of how to completely avoid failure in this decade seemingly smothered in it, I’m not going to give us even five easy answers this time to a fail-proof life.

No, I’m going to give us just one.Fail Proof Your 20's Picture

So without further ado…. drum roll please……To fail-proof your twenties…..

Fail, but never define anything as a failure. BAM! Done! Where is my fee?

 

I’M SERIOUS

Whatever mistake. Whatever wrong turn. Whatever set back. The business that went belly-up. The relationship that died like a salmon on a summer sidewalk. The amazing investment opportunity that fell like a tree during a lumberjack competition. These events are only failures, if we make them such. If we let our story end right there, only then will it be a failure.

Sure the details haven’t turned out the way we planned. But honestly (and I say this as nicely as possible), our plans weren’t that good to begin with. If things lined up like the dominoes we envisioned, we wouldn’t have had one ounce of conflict, struggle, or growth for the next 20-30 years.

We need the hardships and trials to persevere through. Failure is a necessary part of success. We will not actually do any thing, if we first do not learn how to fail without labeling ourselves a failure. And believe you me, I’m the first to look in the mirror to start the name calling. Who needs the school bully to hold us down any longer – we have ourselves.

PICK YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

Make plans, have goals, dream dreams, yes and yes.

But get ready when the pick your own adventure, picks you instead.

Sure people are still not carrying you around like a war-hero coming back to the States.

Fine.

Sure your bank account is not the Duck Tales gold coins swimming pool you envisioned.

Maybe someday.

But I realize now the only real failure of our 20’s, would be if we never had any.

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Below is the video version of this post with some extra commentary on why us Millennial’s, Gen X, and Gen Y’ers might not do failure well. Do your eyes and heart a favor by watching it. Unless you don’t care about your eyes and heart. And if that’s the case, well, that’s just sad.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this whole failure thing in the comments below. Do you think this fail-proof secret has merit? What’s failure been like in your 20′s? Any other secrets to fail-proofing you’d like to share…

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