Fail, Fail & Fail Some More

I am a HUGE failure.

I’ve failed in bowling, baseball, soccer, tennis, math, history, science, the spelling bee, every job I’ve worked, taekwondo, powerlifting, gymnastics, ballet, hip-hop dancing, guitar, piano, magic, just to name a few. I failed because I chose to walk away from each one of those endeavors. I didn’t have the patience and persistence to stick to one of those things to succeed in becoming a master in any. And many people around me will tell you I’ve failed them, too, for not sticking around. I’ve failed in sports, instruments, jobs, along with failing friends, family, co-workers, and old bosses.

But guess what… I’m that much closer to success because I’ve eliminated what didn’t work, and I’m one step closer to what truly matters to ME. If I stayed in any of those areas, I would be wasting my time! It took enough time and experience for me to realize that each one wasn’t for me or what I’m meant to pursue in this lifetime. And as for the people I’ve failed? I succeeded in not living out their expectations they had of me; their dreams, not my own.

So I urge you to experiment. Try different endeavors that you’ve considered at one point in your life. Pick up the guitar. A soccer ball. Learn coding. Try acting. Become a bartender. After a while, if you’re not into it, walk away and try something new. You’ll never know if you don’t try, and you won’t want to die on your deathbed thinking, “I wonder what it would’ve been like to be a magician.”

Make mistakes, make beautiful mistakes! Don’t overthink, don’t worry if it isn’t perfect or if you’re good enough. Try it. And if you fail? GOOD! Now you know that wasn’t for you and you can continue on your journey with more tools and lessons gained from that experience.

I’ll leave you with this quote by the great C.S. Lewis, “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”

Tiffany Yi


Tiffany Yi

Poet, entrepreneur, Lyft driver, and advocate for women’s rights on a mission to empower others to become their authentic highest selves through her experiences, observations, and poems.

Founder of @re6irth.222