Failure! The Key to Success. So, sit in the front seat of the roller coaster and go for it!

  • “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
  • “80% of success is just showing up.” — Woody Allen
  • “Go on failing. Go on. Only next time try to fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
  • “The outward person perishes, but the inward person is renewed day by day.” — Paul of Tarsus

What renews us? Why have we made it this far—through so many failures and even more successes? Is the answer:

  1. Sleep? A tee-shirt I saw today read: “Work Hard. Nap Hard.”
  2. Conversation? When was your last good one?
  3. Food? Answer: Tacos and chocolate pie (on my birthday).
  4. Water? and/or: Beer? Coffee? Wine? Tea? Pepsi? Coca-Cola? Iced Tea?
  5. Sports? Go Giants!
  6. Cap’n John’s Sealegs blogs? Argh, me hearty!
  7. Faith, hope, and love? They never fail.
  8. All of the above?
  9. Other? Add yours—

Correct answers: 7 & 8 (and maybe 9)!



Your RBQ (Resilience Bounce Quotient) is best increased through healthy relationships:

PERSONAL FACTOR: Investing in self-care and growth:

  • See 7 & 8 (and maybe 9) above.

GROUP FACTOR: Belonging to a positive group:

  • “People long to belong.”—Peter Block, Community: The Structure for Belonging
  • “We are the average of the people we hang-out with.”—Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul

FRIEND FACTOR: Close friendships:

  • Who could you call at 3 AM, when you are struggling? Hint: It’s a person who wouldn’t shame, judge or try to fix you. Instead, they would listen and ask something caring like, “What do you need?”

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