Have You Ever Been Excited to Fail?

Have you ever asked someone if you could help out to earn a future position?  Maybe it was an internship in college or maybe you asked a fellow blogger to help with their site.  Maybe it was to an advertiser and you said you were the biggest and baddest personal finance website there was.  Here’s the best part, it worked.  That internship, blogger, advertiser, or whoever it was gave you a chance.  Remember say “Yes” and figure it out afterwards can get you in that door.  What happens though if you work your a** off and do your best, but you fail, they choose someone else?

Throughout my career(although pretty short being 32), I have met and worked for CEO’s, NBA basketball players, Million dollar business owners, Financial advisors who handle millions and millions of dollars, and people who work for them.  Of course most of this was while I was caddying during college, but I have interned for a very successful financial advisor, and presented to a few of the big time managers at my company.  I relish the opportunity, I might get a little nervous and talk a little faster, but it’s usually just because I want to be at my best.  I want to have the opportunity to fail.  Now you can change the wording around and say I want to have the opportunity for success, but I know that right now isn’t my big moment to shine, it’s coming I just need a chance to fail.

Recently I had the opportunity to fail.  I put in extra hours, I stayed up a little later than Grandma and Grandpa, and gave up some of that time relaxing, because I wanted it, I wanted to succeed.  I put my best foot forward as they say, but recently I found out, I failed.  I didn’t get the promotion, the big side job, or win the battle of may the best man win.  

Here’s the crazy thing I was excited to fail.

I was given an opportunity to prove myself, I did not succeed,  but I learned, I listened, I am on their radar.  The next opportunity could be the biggest success.  In the past I have been passed over for a job due to more experience, but that does not mean I was not excited as ever for the next opportunity.  I am a big believer in everything happens for a reason and just maybe the next time an opportunity arises, I will get a new chance to fail.  Another possibility is I won’t need that next opportunity from them, maybe I create my own opportunity and move towards a bigger better opportunity.  I’m excited for the next opportunity to prove myself.  Maybe it happens on this blog, maybe you read a post and share it with someone else and that leads to another opportunity to fail, which leads to the biggest Success ever.

Have you ever been excited to fail?

19 Responses to “Have You Ever Been Excited to Fail?

  • Sometimes you get the best lesson from failures. I have certainly faced my shares of failures and have learned from them. Can’t say I was ever excited when I failed or been excited to fail but have always looked for the next opportunity whenever I encounter a failure.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Yeah in this case it was excitement, it meant I have moved up a little in what I’m trying to do and reach towards the bigger goal.

  • Failures are opportunities to learn. If we don’t take the time to examine and learn from such situations, we won’t grow. So while I don’t look forward to fail or get excited about it in advance, I get energized many times afterward knowing that I’m smarter and thus closer to my goal as a result of failing.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Yeah I think you said it well with that I am closer to my goal as a result of failing…..and that’s what gave me excitement.

  • I definitely don’t get excited to fail, but I think I should more often – it’s a great attitude to develop. On reflecting on some of my failures, it’s pretty exciting seeing how it shakes you up and forces you to do something different. As you say, the more you’re failing, the closer you probably are to a major success. Looking forward to hearing about yours in due course Even Steven!
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Thanks Jason, I know it sounds kind of funny that I’m excited to fail but this one felt that way. I was excited for the opportunity, the failure, and the next opportunity that could be around the corner.

  • I’m not sure I’ve ever been excited to fail but I get what you are saying here. It’s in having the chance and pushing ourselves that we learn. I think looking on failure in a positive light and seeing what can be gained in our understanding from it is the best possible way we can move forward. No use wallowing in self-pity if we fail. That gets us nowhere.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      It’s failure that leads to the biggest success.

  • A great attitude to have. You often learn so much when failing and it will lead future success.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Future success exactly, why be mad or get down about it.

  • That’s an interesting (and correct!) way of saying that sometimes the best things happen because of failure. I didn’t get the job that I thought was my DREAM job and I was so crushed, but a month later I got my current job and it was honestly the best thing that happened to me career-wise.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Absolutely and congrats on getting the 2nd better than the other Dream job;)

  • What a great way to look at things. Instead of fearing failure, you will certainly grow by embracing that chance.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Sometimes I think of that Michael Jordan commercial where he says he has failed over and over again missing shots, but the next one is the one he can make and win the game.

  • I really love that last part, Steven. I also believe that things happen (or don’t happen) for a reason, which means something else is meant to be. It’s hard to realize that in the moment, but just because one door doesn’t open doesn’t mean others will remain shut.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Right on Erin, I am with you on things happening for a reason as well, just smile and move on to something better.

  • Without fail there would not be much experience to get through the tough times!
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