I love to fail

Los Angeles artist Wessel failing at drawing

I love to fail


Well, not really. I don’t think anyone loves to fail. It sucks. That sinking feeling as you watch something you’re doing begin to fall apart. What you thought was great suddenly, well, not so great. That seemingly insurmountable task that you can never get done. I think y’all know what I’m talking about.


Basically, no one wants to feel like that. It’s a feeling to be avoided at all cost because it can shake our confidence in ourselves. I mean, if you couldn’t do this ‘simple’ task, what about something even more complex. Impossible! You might as well not even try and not have to deal with any of those nasty thoughts. Fail once, and you’re gonna do it again. And, who likes a failure?


Success comes from only one thing.

Failure. Repeated often, without hesitation. Amazing comes from diving into what you thought was impossible and wading through all that nasty failure until you get to the other side. It sure as hell isn’t easy. Even after years of doing exactly that, it doesn’t feel any better. It just becomes a habit. Instead of saying something isn’t possible, you just know it’s going to be a painful process and get started.


I love failure. I mean, not the nasty feelings it gives me as I look at what I’ve done, but all the lessons it teaches me. What worked? What didn’t work? What should I try with the next attempt? It hurts so bad when it happens, it chops at my ego, my confidence, it’s an ugly dark feeling that clouds my head throwing shade on everything. But, I don’t, and you shouldn’t, let it stop you from trying again or thinking something isn’t possible.

Painting isn’t easy 

If you want to do something, be good at something, whatever, it’s gonna take a lot of work.

Nowadays people seem to be scared of putting in the time and effort. All the ‘NOW NOW NOW’ in the media has short-circuited our understanding of how things get done. Immediacy is our modern day religion. I wanna be good at, smart, thin, healthy, beautiful, rich, famous, strong, whatever, and I want it NOW! Or at least in 2 weeks with minimal effort.


Failure. That’s how you’re going to get what you want, where you want to be, how you want to be. It’s something you’re gonna have to accept and become comfortable with. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a part of the process to get to success. Get into the habit of trying...and trying...and trying...until something works. Rome wasn’t built in a day, if first you don’t succeed, try, try again, there’s a million of those little sayings. And, they’re true.


So, get comfortable knowing you’re gonna fail if you want to succeed.

Don’t get tricked into anyone telling you it’s gonna be easy. Get comfortable with that nasty feeling knowing it will lead to many better ones in the future. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to do a lot of work to get there.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!


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