What You May Not Know About Failure



I’m going to show why the definition of failure that society has today is not the true definition, and I’m also going to show you why failure is not possible when you set out to try something new.

First lets start with society today. Society today tells us that when you start something you need to finish it, and if you don’t, then you are a quitter, and we all know that quitters are failures. Recently, I have decided to challenge this idea, why are people called quitters when they decide not to finish something?

key to success

key to success

What happened to adventure? What happened to exploring? If I didn’t know what I liked, I would start selecting various paths in life that I felt drawn to, like gardening, for example. If I felt drawn to plants and gardening, then I would start buying certain items I knew I was going to need, but what if I started gardening and decided I didn’t like all the work, is this really quitting or is it just realizing that gardening is not for me?

The true definition of failure is not doing anything. Yes, it is as simple as that. Lets go back to my gardening example, if I did something wrong, and all my tomato plants died, did I fail? No, I still got up and tried, and I also found a handy way to kill plants, and that will help me in the future so I can avoid doing that again.

When a person gets involved in nature and permaculture, it is really important to remember that you are never a failure, even if your plants or trees die. You got up and did something, if you kept a journal, then you know a great way to not plant them next time. When I read Masanobu Fukuoka’s book ‘Sowing Seeds in the Desert’, I read that he would normally just throw the seeds out and where they grew was where they were meant to grow, he never worried about the ones that didn’t grow. Masanobu knew that nature would flourish no matter what, so don’t worry about things not working out the way you planned, nature is very forgiving.

Here is a simple list to let you know if you are failing at permaculture, or life in general,
1. Not doing anything. This is pretty self-explanatory.
2. Not doing anything. Wow, did this make it on the list again?
3. Not doing anything. Isn’t anything else going on this list?

I said it three times, hoping you would get the point, there is no such thing as failure when you try, failure is a title reserved for those who sit and do nothing.

Adventure is waiting.

Adventure is waiting.

So, next time you try anything, remember that you cannot fail, and if you don’t like it and decide to stop, don’t worry about it, you are still not a failure or a quitter. You are a seeker, and an adventurer!


About Mimic Nature

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids. With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away. So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature. Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting. I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family. Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
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1 Response to What You May Not Know About Failure

  1. Pat Cegan says:

    I love. love, love your idea of what failure really is…not trying. What an ah-ha moment. I too learn daily from nature. I live inside a beautiful floresta, alone with my puppy, all the animals that visit me, and our Creator…hardly alone, though everyone thinks I am. I decide to keep my area around my house as natural as possible, planting native fruit trees, beans that climb them and are found naturally in the floresta, etc. After years of meticulous, organic gardens, I am at an age where Mother Nature is my gardener. Looking forward to reading more here. hugs, pat


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