What I’ve Learned about Feeling like a Failure

A short story about a conversation with a friend that invited me to reflect back on my career and why I felt like a failure.

For example, a year ago I would introduce myself as Amanda, co-founder of Flamingo Punk. About 5 years before that, I was Amanda, Founder of Fashionably Skint. These roles, duties, ventures, missions, purposes were a part of me. They made me ME in that chapter of my life. When things didn’t work out the way I’d planned, yep, you guessed it, I felt like a failure. It was a scary and shaky space where I felt lost and a bit lonely. Who am I now? Just being Amanda didn’t feel enough.

We get the power back. The blank pages are the fucking power. The blank pages represent the not knowing bit. As scary as it sounds, fuck me, it’s so freeing you wouldn’t believe. It’s a spiritual awakening. A chance to feel it all for a bit. And sit with it. I mean, how often do we get the chance to do that when we’re in the thick of living?

I think, the reason why we feel like we’re a failure from time to time is because we forget that we are always in transition. We are always changing.

Founder and creator of 5 Stories, a methodology I use to help companies tell better brand stories. I write about storytelling, branding and entrepreneurship 🙃