As humans, we are destined to make mistakes. From things as minor as missing our alarms in the morning to things as major as causing a car accident, we are constantly found to be doing something in a poor manner. While this often is seen as a bad thing, I am not too keen on that outlook. As I grow older, I have begun to realize that everyone makes mistakes, regardless of how minor or monumental they may seem. Nobody in this world is perfect – not even Donald Trump.
Without failure, there would be no success
I love art, if you have not noticed. And I love trying new things. For instance, I have begun working on graphic design a bit, as I plan on majoring in that field and turning it into a career until my photography takes off. When I am drawing, I am constantly making mistakes. Some things don’t turn out nearly as great as what I had hoped; there tends to be a decent amount of erasing and redrawing done as well. But here’s the thing: that’s perfectly okay.
Just like when you start out with anything new, you will be making a ton of mistakes. You won’t know right away how to compose a photograph in the best way; you will overexpose one image and underexpose the next; you may even forget to take off your lens cap in the sheer excitement of the moment, completely missing what could have been a great shot. But, imagine that none of that had happened. Imagine you picking up a camera, grabbing a paintbrush, or even stepping onto a skateboard for the first time, only for you to be a pro right off the bat.
Nothing would be any fun
If you were a pro at everything you did, there would be no point to doing anything. Quickly, you would find yourself bored with life in general. Okay, so maybe you get a ton of fame and money coming your way because of all your awesomeness. And maybe that’s all you want in life, all you care about in life, so you just go ahead and continue raking in the cash. That’s great – good on you! But where the problem comes in is that you will get bored of doing the same thing over and over again, while never learning anything new.
There is no such thing as a genius.
I don’t care what you tell me about savants who can play the piano brilliantly from the time they are born. Personally, I find that to be bullshit. If you know everything about a task from day one, it will get boring very quick. As humans, we need to fail. We need to be able to learn from our mistakes and grow. There’s no point in life otherwise.
Look at all the great artists of the past. Michelangelo, Picasso, Ansel Adams – they all started off from the beginning, from ground zero. None of them picked up a paintbrush or a camera, knowing exactly what to do with it. Picasso didn’t pick up a brush, mix some blue paint, and masterfully brush onto the canvas his Blue Period artwork that he is so well known for. Ansel didn’t grab a camera, meter the scene with the Zone System that he invented years later, and come away with the beautiful work of Yosemite that we know him for.
My point is this:
You should not be afraid to fail.
Without failure, there is no way for us as humans to grow. We are bound to make mistakes; we are destined to mess things up and hurt other people in the process. However, if we do not make these mistakes, if we do not fail, there is no way for us to get better as an individual, and as a society.
So, I shall leave you with this…
Never be afraid to fail, so long as you are not afraid to learn from your wrongdoings and grow.