Failure: The word alone is almost enough to make some people start to hyperventilate (hello, perfectionists of the world).
But sadly, unless you happen to be Beyonce, at some point, you’re probably going to fail at something.
Here’s the thing, though: failure doesn’t have to mean your life becomes an unsalvageable disaster. And actually, the opposite is true. Most of the time, we’ll learn far more from our mistakes than from our successes. Phew.
Don’t believe me? Check out what these celebrities have to say about failure, and I’m sure they’ll change your mind.
1. Tina Fey.
“For my first show at SNL, I wrote a Bill Clinton sketch, and during our read-through, it wasn’t getting any laughs. This weight of embarrassment came over me, and I felt like I was sweating from my spine out. But I realised, ‘Okay, that happened, and I did not die.’ You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it.”
2. Sheryl Sandberg.
The Lean In author (obviously) believes in the power of perseverance.
“…before you drop out, take a deep breath. Maybe you picked the wrong job. Try again. And then try again.”
3. Amy Poehler.
“I’ve failed a million times on stage, just not getting laughs. I’ve listened to notes that I knew weren’t right. I’ve pitched ideas and let other people change them, knowing that it was the wrong choice. The question you have to ask yourself is: How do you want to fail? Do you want to fail in a way that feels like it respects your tastes and value system?”
4. Oprah Winfrey.
In 2013, the media personality told a class of Harvard graduates that even the most crazy-successful of us will stuff up at some point: