Gretchen Rubin On Failure

By Maryann Yin 

Gretchen RubinBetter Than Before author Gretchen Rubin has written an article about failure. Rubin recommends enjoying “the fun of failure” and not allowing perfectionist tendencies to become “the enemy of the good.”

Here’s an excerpt: “Telling myself that I can enjoy the ‘fun of failure’ has made me (somewhat) more light-hearted about taking risks. As G. K. Chesterton wrote, ‘If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.’ I also tell myself, ‘If I’m not failing, I’m not trying hard enough.'”

In the past, many other authors have also talked about failure including Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling, Fight Club novelist Chuck Palahniuk, and Trigger Warning writer Neil Gaiman. Recently, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison contributed pieces about this topic to NEA Arts Magazine. How do you deal with failure?