Odd title, no? Haha. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (can’t endorse this book enough, GET IT!) has a chapter called ‘Being the First Penguin’ and, naturally, I was intrigued. Pausch gave out a ‘First Penguin’ award to the students who had the most “glorious failure” but dared to dream big. Here are two snippets I find really great:
Why am I posting this to my fitblr? Well, let’s be honest: all of us are on a journey where failure is a constant, unwanted presence. I’ve struggled with maintaining my weight, motivation, and dedication because I know changing my entire lifestyle is a big deal! But how will I ever change it if I don’t mess up? Sure, it feels crappy looking at the scale and not seeing the loss I predicted or not eating as well as I know I can but I always take away something from those experiences. Don’t beat yourself up over your mistakes.
Essentially, I think the word ‘failure’ needs to be de-stigmatized. By failing, you’re not only helping yourself in the long run but you can offer others advice to help them out. I’m not trying to say fail at everything you do - that’s silly. Dreams and goals take time to achieve and nothing in like that’s worth it ever comes easy. Always aim to be the best but when you’re taking on a huge project EMBRACE FAILURE AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE THE FIRST PENGUIN!
Younger me with braces wasn’t afraid to be the first penguin and nothing’s changed about that :)