My stomach churns.
I hardly dare look.
She hands me the pages.
Covered with red ink.
‘It’s good so far’, she says. ‘But may I make a few suggestions?’
No… it wasn’t my Maths homework. This happened about two weeks ago. It was the first draft of my book, edited by a professional editor.
‘I’d like you to do some more research. It’ll add a lot to the book, but…. it’s your work, you must decide what’s best.’
I was not a happy bunny.
It felt exactly the same as having my Maths homework returned with loads of corrections to do.
Let’s face it – my pride was hurt.
Why wasn’t it OK as it was?
Why did I have to do more research?
Why wasn’t it a masterpiece already?
Picture the scene two weeks later.
I’d researched for hours on the net, added several thousand words, re-arranged some of the chapters, changed some titles and felt quietly confident with the result. In short –
I was a happy bunny.
No-one likes to be corrected. Not really.
Especially as an adult.
It’s hard to admit when we haven’t got it quite right and need to do more work.
But failing to write the perfect ‘first draft’ of my book taught me a lesson.
It also illustrated the last two of my…
6 Reasons That Failure Is Good For You.
5. ‘Failure’ shows you how you can, and should, improve.
Just when you think you’ve got it right, perhaps you haven’t. Perhaps you ‘could do better’.
6. Failure shows you that nothing achieved easily brings satisfaction.
I shall be so proud when I truly have finished and my editor tells me it’s ready for publication.
Over to you!
- What have you worked extra hard on and finally completed with pride?
- What have you failed at but secretly known you should have done more to succeed?
- What has failure, in any sense, taught you?
All thoughts in the comments please!
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Rabbit photo by hans s on Flickr.