ZEN+ : Helping you Stay Young and Age Well

Here’s why I’m advising you to go out and fail more…

By Marcus Santer

Learning from failure

I‘ve been thinking about failure a lot recently during Louis walks.

And I don’t know about you, but I’ve come to the conclusion I need to do more of it.

So let me share my thinking with you and perhaps after reading this, you’ll decide to start failing more too.

I do hope so.

Here goes…

To my mind, if you fail at something it shows one or more of the following:

Failing will also show you where you need to improve and can make clearer the next step you need to take on your journey to success.

All of which can offer you some very valuable lessons.

So why don’t we like failing?

Because usually to get to whatever the success or failure point was, you’ve had to put in a lot of time, energy and effort.

And failing means you might have to start all over again and invest even more time energy and effort.

And that can be so demoralising it makes you give up.

I know I’ve done that.

But always keep in mind: Failing doesn’t mean you’re a failure.

It’s an important distinction.

Cuz the only time you really fail is when you quit

But quitting, like failure, doesn’t deserve the bad reputation it’s got either.

How come?

Well, if you decide you can’t face investing even more time, energy and effort, then what you wanted isn’t likely to be something you really, really wanted.

It was just a nice idea.

And the best thing you can do is quit it and move on.


Because in my experience anything of value will involve hard work.

It also involves frustration, confusion and of course failure. It’s the price you have to pay on the path towards mastery or success.

And you can only pay that price if you really, really want what you’re trying to get.

Makes sense right?

So if you fail and decide not to go back to the drawing board and try again, well you’ve just gained valuable clarity.

You now know you only kinda wanted it.

Nothing wrong with that because it frees you up to focus on what you really, really want instead.

Now here’s a truth I wish someone would have told me sooner:

Time, energy and effort are finite resources and need to be invested wisely on developing specific skills and achieving those things you really, really want.

Trust me, you don’t want to waste your precious resources on goals you only kinda want.

Next time we meet up, ask me how I know.

So there go.

My thoughts on failure.

Now go out and fail more.

And learn the valuable lessons you’ll gain from it.

If nothing else it’ll show you if what you failed at is something you really want badly enough to go back and try again…

… Or move on to something else.

Bye for now


P.S. Amongst other things, in Junes Healthy Ageing Digest (the publication previously known as The ZEN+ Journal) I’ll be revealing the one thing that will stack your odds of success at anything in your favour.

And I mean anything.

I discovered it while at University in 1993.

I used it to get my Honours Degree in Computing and Information Systems Science and I’ve been using it ever since.

I’ll also be sharing a more recent discovery I made.

Using it will make your life so much easier as you push through the inevitable frustrations and failures on the path to success.

This discovery will help you keep going long enough to get your reward.

Whatever it might be…

Though in this edition of The Digest I’ll show you how to apply it specifically to Successful Ageing.

We’re also going to explore in depth what on earth Successful Ageing really means.

​​​​​​​You’ll be surprised at what my research has revealed.

I think it’s fair to say I’ve packed a lot into June’s Digest.

You’re certainly going to get a lot of life enhancing information you won’t find collected together anywhere else.

If you’d like to have it delivered to you.

Go here next.

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