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What Are Your Favorite Failures?

Learning to Fail



I remember being freaked out as a kid to one day open my own business because…. what if I FAILED!

Well, fast forward a few decades and I’ve opened and failed in a couple of businesses. I've learned that I don't need to be afraid of failure. Sure, it's hard and nobody want's to fail but I’ve picked myself up from some very hard places and moved on. It's was because of some of these failures that I’ve learned what I need to do in order to enjoy some great success in other businesses, including making a living doing what I absolutely LOVE which is teaching yoga and meditation. Making a living doing what I love is one big, fat success. 


I think about all kinds of things I've failed at from relationships to jobs to ideas. Each one has taught me an invaluable lessons.  I’ve since learned not to be afraid of failures. They are powerful lessons that have shaped me into who I am today. 


When I was 19 I needed to earn some money for college so I was determined to do whatever it took, no matter how unpleasant the job was. Well, I got a temp job working on a construction site. I was utterly horrible at construction but was too damn proud to quit. Eventually the foreman fired me for my ineptitude. At the time I was incensed but I later realized how much of a favor he did for me. I wasn't serving ANYONE at that job, least of all myself. He freed me to go and look for my next job, one at which I did so well that in a matter of months, the owner of the small company actually asked me if I wanted to become partners. Failing at the first job enabled me to find my next job.


“Congratulations on Failing”

I used to own a few yoga studios. They both failed. One of the highlights of owning these studios was when I was able to proudly host one of my greatest Yoga Nidra teachers, Dr. Richard Miller, for a weekend of workshops. Ironically, despite the great success of the workshops, he was the last big event we hosted before we had to announce that we were closing our doors. Concluding the weekend of workshops was an intimate dinner with a few teachers and Richard Miller. I came a few minutes late because I had to have a meeting with my entire staff letting them know that we were going to be closing our doors. When I told this unfortunate truth to Richard Miller, he leaned in close to me and without hesitation said, “congratulations!” 


At the time I was taken aback, but with reflection the lessons I’ve learned from that experience are like gold in my hand. I met my wife at that yoga studio and I often tell her that if I went through all that stress, heartache, and trouble only to have met here then it would have been worthing it. That’s true but the incredible gifts I’ve learned extend beyond just finding the love of my life. Ironically, I’ve learned so much about owning and running a business by all the many ways that my previous business didn’t work.



Failures are perhaps some of our biggest teachers so maybe we don’t have to be so afraid of them. Maybe we can even have fun with them and dare I say, even be grateful for them. Inevitably, they help us evolve into into our highest being. 


Of course, each thing I shoot for I aim to be successful at. The truth is that not everything works out the way I'd planned and of course there's some incredible learning in that.


What are the failures you’re grateful for? 


Photo by Alex Adams

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US (New York, Salt Lake City, LA) and abroad and the author of Practical Yoga Nidra: The 10-Step Method to Reduce Stress, Improve Sleep, and Restore Your Spirit. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, or traveling to teach, he also writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats and trainings in places like Tuscany, France, and Hong Kong , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program. Scott just moved back to Salt Lake City after living in Southern France with his family.


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