“Fail Early, Fail Often, Fail Forward”

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Growing up watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, laughing hysterically and loving just about every character on it will always be a precious token of my memory. On that note, I recently had a huge debate with my family on who was a better actor between Will Smith and Denzel Washington. I was easily outvoted by 3 to 1. Surprisingly, shortly after the feud, the Champ BKA Will Smith started his Intagram page which quickly evolved into my favorite page EVER.

Nope, it’s not Glossier or Traci Ellis Ross or Net-a-Porter, it is now the West Philly cat with a goofy personality and just enough seriousness like days like today. I just love each and every post, including the special birthday message to his wife Jada. So today, Will posted a long lesson on failure via his instastories. About 2 hours ago to be exact; (Please catch it if you can) and I’ve repeatedly and dutifully watched it with all ears and understanding.

It instantly caught my attention because I am one of many who sees failure as a problem. I AM that person who has a negative relationship with failure. However, I know that things will be okay. I know I will bounce back because that’s how life is. I can’t say that I fail a lot and this could easily be because of my low push rate. Let me explain, I try really hard here and there, and then comfort sets in. So this has, over time, put me behind in my goals (and this I know.) I think about it constantly – worrying when will I ever really get out of my comfort zone. So here is where Willy from Philly blasted through my eardrums. He said “You have to seek failure because failure is where all of the lessons are.” WOW. I grabbed a few quotes verbatim and you can read below.

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“Failure is a massive part of being able to be successful.”

“You have to seek failure. Failure is where all of the lessons are.”

“Successful people fail a whole lot more than they succeed. They (successful people) use the energy and they use the wisdom to come around to the next phase of success.”

“You have to live at the edge of your capabilities.”

“Practice is controlled failure. Failure actually helps you to recognize the areas where you need to evolve.”

I promise myself to take these lessons from Will Smith, and my own experiences and seek failure in order to adapt to a better situation. I have so many plans and written notes in my phone that I want to put into action, and this new year is the right time to do it. There is a quote that says “Success is a journey, not a destination” and my journey has to be on full speed now. Check out 11 of my new year’s resolutions below.

  1. Launch my clothing line/beauty line.
  2. Launch more coffee mugs.
  3. Pay off credit card debt.
  4. Complete a strategic vision board.
  5. Make my home (apartment) as me and as cozy as possible. Fully furnished!
  6. Get my vintage store up and running.
  7. Volunteer with youth more.
  8. Be more positive by changing my attitude and thinking.
  9. Communicate with family and friends more.
  10. Be more vulnerable.

I don’t know how transparent and personal I was on this post, but that is also another new year’s resolution for me. Hopefully this helps you or helps you to understand who I am a little better. We all have downfalls, we just have to know how to make the best of them and our failures. What are some of your new year resolutions?

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