Shedding Light on the F Word

Shedding Light on the F Word By Susanne Heaton #WUVIP #BlogOfTheDay #TheWellnessUniverse #FWord

Here is to looking at failure through a totally different lens. Here is to our shift in perspective on this F word.

I want to talk about a four letter word that begins with “F.” Now, it is not probably the first F word that comes to mind, but it is one that society does look down upon when adults do it. Any guesses?


The four letter word is “Fail”. As we have grown up, society has made this word one to be ashamed of if it happens in our life. Let’s just take a quick look back to when we were young. We were not expected to learn how to walk the very first time that we tried. Instead, we were encouraged each time that we fell, to get back up again. Then we went to school and somehow to “Fail” took on a whole new meaning. It was something that you were never supposed to allow to occur and this logic carried over into our adulthood years.

I would like to take a look at a few famous “failures:”

  1. Lucille Ball’s first films “failed”. She was even dubbed the Queen of the “B” movies. She is now remembered as the first woman to run a major television studio (she gained full control of Desilu Productions in 1962) and was the winner of most every major entertainment industry award (including 13 Emmy nominations and four wins).
  2. Marilyn Monroe was told by her first agent that she just didn’t have the looks that were required for the big screen. Marilyn got a new agent and her films alone have grossed over $200 Million. She is still considered a pop-culture icon to this day.
  3. Oprah Winfrey was demoted very early on in her career. That demotion actually led her to meet her great friend Gail. Oprah is now the queen of her own empire!
  4. J.K. Rowling was rejected by 12 different publishers and was living on welfare as a single mom. Today she is worth over $1 Billion.

The truth is, when we fail, that is when we learn our most valuable lessons. How about we look at the word “Fail” as follows:

F irst

A ttempt

I n

L earning

Failure is simply a matter of perspective. If we learn from our failures and persevere, we can create game-changing accomplishments. As the wonderful quote by Thomas J. Watson states, “Would you like me to give you the formula for success? It’s quite simple really. Double your rate of failure.”

Here is to looking at failure through a totally different lens. Here is to our shift in perspective on this F word.