Failure builds character

I was walking home from the dairy tonight, when, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed these three words:

Failure builds character.

Bozinoff Mortgages Ltd

The phrase was chalked onto a blackboard, which sat inside the office of the local mortgage broker. Now well-established, the shop was strategically located next to the bus stop, and probably caught the attention of frugal house hunters who had all but given up on buying in the sought-after suburb.

I pondered the phrase for a minute, then I thought:

Maybe this guy’s a failure?

Then I thought, maybe if he’s brave enough to put that sign there, maybe he’s really stating that:

Failure built my character and I’m successful because of this.

It seemed like quite a bold statement. We live in a culture where we’re not short on lessons and people that want to deliver them, but often our teachers don’t mention that their wisdom was built on failure. We view them as being smart enough to avoid failure, and when we #fail, we try to hide it.

This inspired me to air some of my own failures. Stay tuned.

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