Notable Quotable: So We Can Learn To Pick Ourselves Up

Why do we fall Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up. -Linus Roache, Batman Begins (2005)

I’m not a huge fan of Batman in general, but I do enjoy seeing him whallop a few skulls together. Who wouldn’t? Danika and I saw Batman Begins in the theater back in 2005 and we were completely blown away by it. HUGE amounts of praise for Christopher Nolan’s rendition of Batman’s origin story.

Today’s Notable Quotable has to do with the big, bad scary monster that haunts many creative-type’s closets: Failure.

People tend to be terrified of failing. Naturally, we don’t like to be embarrassed, and we don’t like the heavy feeling on our hearts and our minds when we don’t succeed. I’m here to give you a truth.

You will, at some point, fail. You will fall, and it will hurt. But you have to get back up. Did you get some really harsh feedback on something you spent a lot of time writing? Did someone not like your work? Did your manuscript get rejected by publisher/agent 517?

Get up, dust yourself off, and dive right back into it. There are only TWO possible results to any creative endeavor: You will either fail, or you will succeed. That’s it, and that’s all. You can gauge these possible outcomes, and you can PLAN for them.

I want you to keep this in mind, in closing: You were MORE successful as a baby, more daring, than you are right now as an adult. A baby learning to walk will stumble. They will fall over, get bumped and bruised. They take risks. They will try, over and over again, until they get the result that they want. They’re not afraid to fail.

But if you feel like you’ve fallen, fallen too hard? Don’t worry, I’ll be here to help you back up to your feet. I’ll help you learn how to pick yourself up again.



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