As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, the thought of embracing mistakes feels counter-intuitive to say the least. I’ve spent the majority of my life chasing some version of success and, until recently, saw failure as something to be avoided.
It wasn’t until I started dipping my toe into the world of entrepreneurship that I realized this mindset wasn’t going to get me very far. Avoiding failure means staying within the safety of our comfort zones and making decisions from a place of fear.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been focused on making small but consistent steps towards my creative dreams. Soaking up knowledge, honing my signature style, and compiling my portfolio.
I know that the day is coming when I’ll have to make a big leap into the unknown and embrace almost inevitable rejection. But committing to any kind of deadline for this leap has proven rather elusive. That is, until I heard about the International Day for Failure.
Every year, on October 13th, failure is celebrated across the globe.
The tradition began in 2010 with a group of students at Aalto University in Finland, a country that typically frowns upon failure. The idea behind the day is to encourage people to challenge themselves without concern for the consequences, and to share their mistakes with others.
I think that if we normalize mistakes we can lose some of our fear of criticism and rejection. Being open to making mistakes also means we can see failures as a learning experience on the way to success rather than an end point.
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
When deciding to launch a creative career, I knew I’d need to be vulnerable and face rejection. The ‘Brave’ in Brave Snail Designs serves as a reminder to keep moving out of my comfort zone and take risks (hopefully with a hard shell to help soften the blows). So I’m committing to making a big scary leap this October 13th.
Let me know if you’d like to join me 🙂