Babies Fail a Lot

Albina White/

Okay, you have a worthwhile goal and are experiencing difficulties. The going is getting pretty tough. You’re trying to learn a language, or how to plant a garden, or even how to fly a helicopter. You’ve encountered obstacles that seem insurmountable. You’re failing, and your initial resolve has been lost. What next? Thinking about quitting? Before you do, first think about babies.

That’s right, babies. We can learn a lot from little humans. 

Have you ever observed the process of an infant learning to walk? What do they do? After they’re comfortable standing, they begin to cruise, holding onto furniture for support as they move about. Eventually, it’s time to let go of the furniture and take those first few steps independently. 

What invariably happens when a baby does this? You guessed it—they fall. Not once or twice, but multiple times. They fall over and over. For a baby, falling is the equivalent of failing. And what does a young human do each time they fall (fail)? They get right back up and try again. Babies are persistent when learning to walk. They have committed to their goal of getting around the world on two feet and will persevere until they have achieved it, regardless of the number of times they fail. 

Imagine if babies gave up trying to walk after falling once or twice. The world would be filled with adults crawling all over the place. Although it’s a humorous thought, it’s not a sensible one. 

If you have a worthwhile goal and are encountering difficulties, learn from the youngest of our species and resolve to continue until you have attained what you have been striving for. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. As always, I hope you enjoyed it and found it informative. If you know of anyone that may benefit, please feel free to share it. 

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