Why Trying Is More Important Than Succeeding


photo: This Is Julie

Art historian and critic Sarah Lewis says, “Success is a moment.” It’s fleeting, we work so hard for it and we rarely savor it. But what really matters isn’t success, it’s mastery.

In this TED talk, Sarah says, “Mastery is in the reaching, not the arriving. It’s in constantly wanting to close that gap between where you are and where you want to be.” This week I learned that determination is more important than success or failure, and you can learn more about yourself and your goals by being dedicated to something than you can by the failures or successes you’ve collected over the years.

When you’re dedicated to something, you learn along the way. More than figuring out what you need to do to propel yourself to success, you can see more clearly what you don’t know and the progress you still need to make. This is only possible if you celebrate every “near win.”

So the next time you almost achieve success but miss out, think about this talk and celebrate the fact that you’re very nearly there! Trying is just as rewarding as succeeding, trust us!

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  • Simi Atanda Lindgren

    I have to download that talk…if it first you don’t succeed,try, try again is what I was taught x

  • Camille Beygui

    Awesome post ! Thanks for sharing

  • Ayanna Woods

    Great post

  • Jil Diamante

    True! The journey is better than arriving at the destination! Thanks for this!


  • Alexis

    Trying can be so hard, sometimes I really hate the journey. But I have to give it a go or I will never get to succeed…that’s what I keep telling myself. Thanks for the reminder. Great post!
    xx Alexis
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