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Failing Forward Podcast
April 2021

The Power of Accepting Failures

If you’re anything like me, the first time you heard the phrase “Acceptance is the answer,” it probably pissed you off. As a Type A, get-shit-done kinda gal, it was not in my vernacular or my nature. I knew it was what every spiritual teacher preached, but I just didn’t get it. 

Until, I realized accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. The pain of failing. The frustration that you couldn’t do anything more at the time. The fear of what comes next. Sometimes I don’t want to feel those things. But when I allow those feelings to wash over me, I see them for what they are: a moment in time that, like the waves in the sea, will pass. 

When we accept our feelings—and our failures—we give ourselves the gift of moving forward with purpose. With renewed insight into ourselves and others. With the knowledge of what to do differently in the future.

Improv troupes live by the rule "Yes, and." It makes for some great comedy and a helpful mindset when I’ve hit a roadblock. Acceptance is baked into the phrase. Yes, I’ve failed, and what will I choose to learn from it?

Yours in feeling the failure,
Sarah

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Episode 85: Dave McGillivray on setting his own rules and living without failure
Episode 86: Regina Sih-Meynier on finding joy and your inner authentic self 

Obsessions & Advice

The Dreams Course Podcast

Actor, writer, and director (and future Failing Forward guest!) Steven Kampmann has memorized 90 quotes he says daily. On each episode The Dreams Course Podcast, he and his son Michael talk about one randomly chosen quote. It’s become my favorite podcast and makes me think, laugh and sometimes cry.

Tip of the Month 

If you’re struggling to act, try fear-setting. Tim Ferriss’ outlines this three-step model for processing fears in this 13-minute TED talk.

“Anything that’s worth having is worth working for.”—Terrance Bacchus

Financial coach and author Terrance Bacchus knows first-hand how hard sacrificing for your future can be and why it’s worth it. Hear his tips on saving and more on episode 84.

Thank you, patrons!

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Coming Up

Later this month, we hear from Lisa Larkin, the founder and CEO of Ms.Medicine, and 
Kathryn Burmeister, founder and partner of Burmeister Law Firm.

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