Why Failing isn’t the End of the World

It’s hard to admit failure. But sometimes you have to stop something in order to move forward.

But having a reason to stop doesn’t make the fact that you failed any easier. I’ve been trying to write this post on failure for a month, since I made the decision to stop the Honey Pop Club.

I’ve struggled to put my feelings into words.

I believe that you should put your all into everything you do, and having two other jobs on top of attempting to run a subscription box company was taking its toll. Not only on the work I was producing, but on my relationships. For the past year I’ve loved creating the Honey Pop Club. I love working with indie brands and I love introducing you guys to my current favourite artists/designers/makers. But I hated that I didn’t have enough time and energy to put into it. I became overwhelmed with my workload and everything suffered for it.

I wasn’t happy.

So something had to give, and unfortunately, the Honey Pop Club was top of the hit list. Yes it’s hard to admit failure, but as my mum always said – ‘Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye’. Sometimes we need to try things to realise what doesn’t work, to narrow down what we actually want to do in life. To find what makes us happy. Don’t think of failing as the end of the world, think of it as narrowing down what makes you happy. Even if you have to repeat that to yourself every morning when you are feeling down.

It’s taken me a long time to realise that being overworked and too busy doesn’t equate to happiness. We live in this toxic culture where you have to be seen to be running yourself into the ground to be successful, to be busier than our peers shouldn’t be the end goal. Giving something up or failing at something shouldn’t be seen to be a bad thing, it just means it wasn’t the right thing for you at this point in your life.

Who know’s what the future holds right? And just remember ‘Whit’s fur ye‘ll no go by ye‘.

*Scottish Translation – ‘Whats for you won’t go by you’

1 Comment

  1. Sharon December 7, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    You’re absolutely right to look on it as not a failure but that you’re not over stretching yourself. A bet you feel like a weight has been lifted. Can’t do it all and nor should you feel like you have to. X

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