Most of us falsely believe in the permanence of failure. [...]
We assume that if we experienced one great mistake, one terrible tragedy, we would forever be sunk. Our career over, our reputation ruined, and our future kaput. [...]
We see this every day: in friends unwilling to change, in our own stubbornness or compulsions, in the growing number of people medicating their own anxiety. We fail over time, never at once. [...]
But at any given point, you can turn around. You can begin again.
There’s something liberating about starting over, about seeing something you thought was dead come back to life. [...]
This is the beauty of falling on our faces and getting back up. It’s the liberation we need to do great work. Without the risk, the rise to the top doesn’t feel like much of an ascent. [...]
After a resurrection, we always appreciate life more.