Why It’s Ok to Fall Flat on Your Face…

Failure. Though it starts with the letter F, it should not be considered a bad word. Failing is a natural part of life that we should all go through. If we never failed, the joy of success wouldn’t taste as sweet, and we’d have no way to learn what we were doing wrong or how we could correct it. I’ll be the first to admit that I fail all the time… and I’m proud of it! Actually I’ve fallen flat on my face quite a bit, but I’ve used those face-plants as a tool for success rather than letting them bring me down.

Last year I dove head first into the world of self employment. I started my own training company aptly called “Seeley Training.” Though it was a great learning experience and it gave me many things to be proud of, Seeley Training was (without a doubt) a HUGE failure. However, that failure made me realize several things. The most important of these was that I’m a content guy, plain and simple, not a business guy. I now know that I was put on this earth to sit behind a mic and teach people how to do cool stuff with software. I just wasn’t cut out for the whole salesman/CEO/customer service/web designer/developer/editor (you get the picture) thing. If I had never tried, and failed, I would’ve spent the rest of my life wondering “what if” and that my friends is no way to live!

In business and in life we cannot afford to be afraid of failing. If a fear of failure had kept Steve Jobs from taking the risks he took, I might not be sitting here writing this blog post on my 24″ iMac while listening to iTunes and reading tweets on my iPhone… No matter what you’re doing, have the courage to dream big, step outside the box, and take a chance. There was a time when I was afraid to record video tutorials, much less speak in public… but I took a chance and started a little show in my living room that grew into an audience of millions and launched the career that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

As you know, I’ve traveled a rough road both personally and professionally. But all of the failures (and successes) have made me the person I am today, so I’m not the least bit ashamed of any of them. I’ve taken the time to learn from these failures and have since obtained a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses, thus giving me a better perspective on how I choose to do business. I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t sweep your failures under the rug… Be proud of each and every time you fall flat on your face, and realize that because you took the time to crash and burn today, you’ll be that much better off tomorrow.

Justin Seeley is a graphic designer, author, and online content creator. His work can be seen on platforms such as LinkedIn Learning, Lynda.com, CreativeLIVE, and Pluralsight. Justin loves helping both individuals and businesses reach their professional goals through education, creative services, and social content strategy.

5 comments On Why It’s Ok to Fall Flat on Your Face…

  • An excellent article Justin. Thanks for being a great inspiration.

    • Thanks for taking the time to read it, Chris. I’m just sharing my experiences and hoping someone gets something out of it. No rhyme or reason to it, really, just speaking from what I know to be true in my life.

  • Excellent post Justin. It’s funny to look back now and see how ‘failure’ has played a role to where I am now because at the time I couldn’t have imagine where it would have taken me. I still remember, that I almost failed the 1st grade. But looking back at it now, it was one of the best things that could have happen to me. It was during that time, I discovered not to give up and that hard work really pays off. From that day, I knew that if one solution doesn’t work, there has to be another solution that will work. It’s just a matter of not giving up and finding the right one. I am proud to say that failure has allowed me to rise to new challenges and made me more of a well rounded person. 🙂

  • Thanks Justin for the article….and for the tutorials!

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