I’ve been thinking a lot about failure this week. First I watched Brene Brown’s inspired TED talk, where she labeled TED the “failure conference.”
Then I happened upon this riveting series by Morgan Spurlock (the director of Supersize Me) called Failure Club. New episodes appear every Monday and Friday on Yahoo.
What I especially like about this particular episode is how much it reminds me of me. No, I don’t want to open a men’s haberdashery shop in New York. But yes, I can be ALL OVER THE PLACE when it comes to setting goals, sticking to them, following through, and keeping focus.
I loved how vulnerable these people are, and the palpable fear they exude time after time during the series. When Brene Brown says that vulnerability isn’t weakness, and that getting up on stage and showing our vulnerability is the bravest thing we can do, we all instinctively get that.
In the first episode of Failure Club, Morgan Spurlock says that the show itself is “my failure club,” as he unsuccessfully pitched it to network after network for seven years. Their response, “Pitch us a show called the Success Club, and preferably we’d like to see the people succeed in 8 weeks, 13 tops.”
Instead, the Failure Club’s co-creator Philip Kiracofe tells the group, “We want to make failure a magnificent benefit in your life.”
It also struck me that this notion of The Critic (which came out in the writing workshop I just took) was rampant in all of these people’s inner dialogues. Direct quote: “For Lesson Two I’m expecting: more pain, more fear, more humiliation…”
But as they continue to meet, continue to set small goals and push themselves to achieve them, they begin to show truly inspiring inner growth, if not outward success.
As I continue to push myself to try new food combinations, offer classes, and move out of my comfort zone, it’s inevitable that I’ll be feeding the compost pile.
I would love the accountability of a Failure Club here in San Diego, as I too have some goals that I could use help and encouragement to achieve. But mostly I am just plain inspired by the idea of embracing failure, like a cold glass of water right in the kisser.
What would your big, hairy, audacious goal be, if you weren’t too afraid to fail?
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