Support Systems and Failures

If you haven’t already, check out my interview that I did last week. This post will make a lot more sense after reading that.


 

When I think back on all my failures, the one thing that I learned to be grateful for is the people that I have around me-my support system. Having a group that will cheer you on is great, but it’s even better when they are able to help you through the difficult times.

Why are support support systems important?

Especially when dealing with failure, having a support system helps you deal with the pain or frustration of that failure. When I went through both of my major failures, having my friends and family around me to remind me that I am going to be okay made everything a little better. They knew how to cheer me up and what to say if I was doubting myself. They also give genuine advice; because if you were going to talk to them in the first place, you probably need some help with your situation.

So your friends are your support system then?

Not exactly. I have a good amount of friends and not all of them are part of my support system. I usually curate this group because I really do want to have someone listen and give quality advice. It’s not fun to be the receiving end of “yeah, whatever” when you’re talking about something important to you.

If you have a support system in place, I say take advantage of it. These people are there for you because they care for you. And always make sure to do the same for them if they ever come to you. Friendship is a two way street.

If you don’t have a support system in place, or are not sure if you do, look at the people you go to the most for advice or when you want to get something off your chest without judgement. Those people might make up this support group.

This is only one way to deal with failures. As I continue to interview people, we’ll look at the other ways we can deal with failure or certain challenges in our lives. Not to make the failure never happen, but to make it easier to go through. You aren’t alone. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all fail.

-Joss

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