Failure, Learn from It


Edison wasn't a failure, he just developed 1000 ways how NOT to make a light bulb.

Edison wasn’t a failure, he just developed 1000 ways how NOT to make a light bulb.

“Failure is an event, never a person.” – William D. Brown

Didn’t make it to regionals? Missed that last PR attempt? Finished below your goal in your last Ironman? No matter what negative outcomes you may experience in your daily life keep in mind that just because you failed at an event, you yourself are not a failure. This is a key distinction that many people fail to make. So often (and I find myself guilty of this) we associate who we ARE (ourselves as living, breathing humans) too closely with what we DO (i.e. CrossFit, triathlons, different sports, powerlifting etc..). This distortion of self and action leads us to link failures in what we do to considering ourselves as failures. You need to understand that you are not a failure, in fact, you are far far from it. By simply making the attempts and putting yourself into the ring, willing to risk experiencing those negative outcome proves this.

Failure is inevitable, you need to brace yourself for this harsh reality. I say this  for the simple reason that no one is going to be completely adept at any activity when they are first learning or even as they gain experience. Failure is going to happen and your reaction to those failures is what is going to make or break you.

The way that I see it, when you experience a failure you have two options. First, you can let it dishearten you to the point of giving up and no longer trying. Or second, you can take the failure as a life experience, applaud yourself for attempting the event, learn all you can from it and find out why you failed, work on the associated weaknesses, and come back stronger and more prepared the next time. It’s a cycle that is ongoing. So even if you fail the next time, and the time after that keep the positive attitude, keep learning, keep working hard and you will succeed. That much I will assure you. If the desire is in your heart and you discipline your body and mind, you will achieve success.

This is a topic that I can go on about all day. For the sake of brevity and not wanting you to spend too much timing sitting in front of your computer I’ll leave it at that. I think my points been made.





Warm-up: Stretching with PVC, 500m row, 5 HRPU x 3, 8 KB swings @ 25lbs x 3, 10 A/S

Strength: DE shoulder press 10 x 2 every :45s @ 70% 1RM.

  • Completed @ 105lbs.

Conditioning WOD: Four rounds for time of – 400m run and 5 burpee muscle-ups. *Scaled the 5 burpee muscle-ups to 8 burpee pull-ups. Following the WOD I completed 3 sets of ring dips TF of 5-4-3

  • Time: 15:36



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