We’ve all flopped before. Bombed. Fell flat on our faces.

      Failure hurts. The humiliating, maddening feeling of failure represents a place we never want to return. As the saying goes, failure is the best teacher.⠀

      It’s taken me awhile to come around and change my thinking to view failure as an opportunity.⠀

      Sometimes it takes a significant screw up to look inward and reflect.⠀

      Why did I miss the mark?

      What part of my process brought me this kind of feedback?⠀

      What habits of mine caused me to fall short?⠀

      The path to success has never been a straight line, and becoming familiar with feelings of failure can help us grow in ways that we never expected.⠀

      We all have our run of the mill resume, right? A running list of our accomplishments, affirmations, and big wins that define our work ethic and measure our success.⠀

      But what about our failure resume? A catalog of the times we fell flat, missed a deadline, or let down a friend.⠀

      Because of how much I’ve learned from my own failures, I’m being vulnerable and putting it on the line, right here and now: here’s a quick list of my most notable shortcomings (the ones that have come to mind right away, at least) that make up my failure resume:⠀

      -In my freshman year of college, I was nearly fired from my first job at the mall for arriving late to my shift so many times.⠀
      -I missed a red eye flight to Utah earlier this year and didn’t make it to my sister’s bridal shower. Because I booked cheap tickets, I couldn’t recoup any of the value with a new booking or a refund.⠀
      -I applied to speak at two conferences in the photography world this year and I was denied for both. One of which I had spoken at the year prior to a classroom that was standing room only.⠀
      -I recently fell short on a deadline by a lot (a lot, a lot) and disappointed a dear friend in a big way.⠀

      Let’s confront our failures. Let’s be better.⠀

      I know that despite my faults, I am successful. I have tried and I have struggled to arrive where I’m at now. I deserve to be more compassionate with myself, but I also have a lot of room for improvement.⠀

      I have the power to turn my failures into advantages. So do you!