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“Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.” - Mia Hamm

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I recently read a book called “The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success” by Megan McArdle. In it, the author outlines a simple but unforgettable philosophy; that it is not our mistakes that define us, but how we respond. The idea that the most important thing is not what happens to us, but what we choose to do afterwards, frees us all. By looking at our lives this way we both accept the past and take on responsibility for the future.

Ms McArdle talks of people from all walks of life, from business owners that landed on hard times then go back up to prosper, to teenagers who 'fell in with the wrong crowd' then turned their lives around again.

I believe that this idea of acceptance and then responsibility is valuable to everyone. Perhaps you made a mistake in a business proposal, was rude to a friend or over-indulged in a favourite snack. It is not this, but what you do next that counts.

“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” - C. S. Lewis

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I have not read that particular book, but this is a very common concept in the personal development world. Just yesterday I was reading about how success and failure are two sides of the same coin, and the bigger the failure, the greater the success, once you are able to turn it around. Great article.
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