The Impermanence Of Failure

The only reason we do not act more hastily on our dreams is because we are more afraid of failure than we are of our time running out.

If we take action in the direction of our dreams, whether they be big or small, failure is certainly a possibility. In fact, on our way to success, failure is even quite likely.

If our dreams are big enough, we will face obstacles, stumbling blocks, and pitfalls as we pursue them. As long as we keep trying, however, failure is only temporary.

Conversely, our time is guaranteed to someday run out. Unlike failure, this is inevitable. It will happen whether we act on our dreams or not.

What’s worse, the loss of time is permanent. The permanence of failure, on the other hand, is determined only by our will. Failure is only permanent if we quit trying.

Armed with this information, we must make a decision. We can either accept the mere possibility of failure as enough to hold us back from that which we desire, giving in to the inevitability of time, or we can take a chance with what small amount of time we have left.


Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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  1. Very well said 👍 keep it up

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