>So you screwed up…

>But you had a life experience.

Everybody at some time in their lives will screw up. Quite simply it’s how we learn. We don’t learn as much from success as we do when we fail.
When you fail at something it’s still a good thing because only when we are pushing ourselves on the edge of our experience is there the potential for us to grow and to learn. Many of the most successful people in the world will have failed just as often as they have succeeded but the difference is in the way that the have dealt with those failures. How you pick yourself up and soldier on is the true measure of your character.
Screwing up can be different to failure. Screwing up is like doing something that we know may end in disaster but we do it anyway. We cheat, we lie and we do things we shouldn’t.
It’s easy to beat ourselves up when we fail or screw up. So many people see failure as an absolute. They see it as the end of the journey. I tried and I failed. Thats it. But screwing up is not the end. In fact it is the beginning. It is the beginning of a new opportunity to grow and learn start another attempt. This time with more knowledge and more experience.
There have been many times when I have screwed up or failed. I have been working towards a career in photography for some time now and if there is one thing that I have learned, it’s that I have a lot to learn. I have tried to apply for work and failed. I have worked for clients and had disasters. But each screw up has always helped me learn something new. My work over the last 8 months has improved because when I failed I looked for the reasons why. I looked at how I could make my work better. I looked at how I was conducting myself professionally. Had I succeeded in everything that I had done then I am sure that it would have been far easier to rest on my laurels and I would still be doing the same old work I have always done.
Screwing up is just another thread of the string that makes up the tapestry that is your life.
When the world gives you lemons, add vodka and lemonade 🙂