CHAPTER 12

Don’t Be Afraid

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

—Albert Einstein

We all take failure very personally. Whether a failure in a relationship, a failure to find employment, a failure to make a project work, or a failure to achieve a grade on a paper—Failure feels personal. But feelings aren’t the same thing as truth. Failure is part of life, and it is a useful and healthy part of life. It might not feel like it at the time, but it is through failure that we improve and grow. It is through failure that we learn more than through success. We rarely learn from getting things right, even if them being right was a result of luck rather than ...

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