Failure – How To Embrace It

Adapted from

Why Failure Is Good for Success

To achieve the greatest success, you have to embrace the prospect of failure.

Pauline Estrem


The sweetest victory is the one that’s most difficult. The one that requires you to reach down deep inside, to fight with everything you’ve got, to be willing to leave everything out there on the battlefield—without knowing, until that do-or-die moment, if your heroic effort will be enough.

Society doesn’t reward defeat, and you won’t find many failures documented in history books. The exceptions are those failures that become steppingstones to later success. Such is the case with Thomas Edison, whose most memorable invention was the light bulb, which purportedly took him 1,000 tries before he developed a successful prototype. “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” a reporter asked. “I didn’t fail 1,000 times,” Edison responded. “The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

I’ll tell you a tale of great failure. One that involves me, a few mixing bowls, and (ofcourse) a recipe for macarons!


Ofcourse, mine looked nothing like these beauties. In fact they had no shape to them at all!

I was so eager to learn to make them and was completely disappointed when I couldn’t. The perfectionistic side of me was bruised – my baking is generally tasty, and I guess this was a blow to my ego.

So for a good laugh, here’s what they looked like:


I had to rescue it from hell-fire – quite literally – when it started oozing off the edges of my very fancy macaron mat. Not to mention that the oven was a mess.

So… I failed at something I really wanted to succeed in. I wanted to be a fancy macaron-making chef-hat-wearing, patisserie owner with my colourful array of macarons on display for all to see.

Heck, I still want to be that person. So I will try again…. 

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