Until the age of 25 I never really failed at anything in life. I had a great CV, a great career ahead of me and never had any problems with anyone. I was the typical middle class guy that was about to start living quite a decent life with no worries or whatsoever.
It all went "downhill" from there. I’ll turn thirty next month. During those last five years I can’t even recall the number of times I failed, got rejected or was treated in a way I thought I didn’t deserve.
It was a hell of a rollercoaster ride (with a lot of fun times as well).
Today, a lot of people ask me whether or not I regret any of those things I did in the past five years. What things? Well, the things I failed at. Be it a startup, a relationship or money I lost.
Honestly speaking? Not a single second! I would do all of these things again and again. Maybe slightly different but I would still do them…
I learned so many things and lessons. I had to learn most of them the hard way and I'm actually very thankful for it. I strongly believe that reading, hearing or people telling me about their mistakes and actually committing these mistakes myself is a totally different story.
You can tell a kid over and over again and try to stop it from touching the hotplate. But she will try to do it over and over again, nevertheless. A child will only stop wanting to touch the hotplate after she burned herself.
And the same holds true for adults. Even though we might consciously be aware of the things we shouldn’t do, we do them nevertheless. We might have read or heard about this or that but we still do it.
Which is totally fine, because trying things out, experimenting and failing is the only way that we'll remember these lessons. We need to experience it firsthand. If we didn’t experience it, it never really happened. We simply forget about it.
You need to burn your fingers first, before you stop wanting to touch the hotplate. You need to experience life firsthand instead of just reading, talking or dreaming about it.
And that’s what no book, blog or any person on this planet earth will ever be able to teach you.
You need to experience life with all of your senses, your mind and your entire body.
Or else you might be thinking and dreaming your entire life away…
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