My generation is lovingly referred to as the support ribbon generation. When we grew up the hot topic was self-esteem. Psychologist back in the day, were certain a high self-esteem was the key to success. I agree with them in that people who are comfortable in their own skin are more likely to succeed and have better outcomes. Yet no one ever predicted the consequences from removing failure from our culture. Parents, teachers, and coaches strategically tried to down play and minimize failure. Consequently, people didn’t learn how to fail. I remember when I went to the regional DECA conference. I did my event and my judge ripped me a new one. She told me how terrible I was at my event. That wasn’t exactly something I was expecting and that wasn’t exactly the way people usually spoke to me. I was lucky to be smart and savvy. I was lucky to avoid most conversations about poor performance or at least smart enough to talk someone into giving me a second chance. When this older woman tore my performance to pieces she could see the tears in my eyes as I tried to smile. She very politely gave me pointers and told me how to do my event properly. As an adult when I first started my career I had no idea how to do my job. I would do my best to deal with irate customers and then come home to my husband to cry in secret. I sat at my desk thinking I was the only person in my office who had no idea what they were doing. The secret was that everyone from my training class felt that way. A lot of us quit unable to h le the realization that our expensive degrees did nothing to prepare us for the real world. Failure only has power over you if it can force you to forget yourself worth. Everyone fails sometimes. I fail daily in my industry. I am smart enough to know that no matter how bad it gets I’m not alone. I still know that I have options. Some people are smart enough determined enough and lucky enough to pursue their dreams. Sometimes it pans out and sometimes it doesn’t. The key to being happy is to realize that everything in life is cyclical. Things will get better. Things will get worse. Yet there never is a clearly defined end to anything. It’s just life. One day you may be happy doing one job. The next day you may be miserable doing the same job. After that you may be miserable with no job.The difference between a sucessful person and a failure is very simple. A failure will fail once and quit trying. Sucessful people fail often and never stop trying. Being happy is finding fulfillment in the things that make life worth it; your hobbies, dreams, passions, and desires.