don't be afraid to fail

We’re pleased to introduce you to Greymate, Jack McDaniel. Jack recently wrote To My Daughter Upon Graduating High School and shared it with us because he felt it offered a great lesson to our community.

Check out this excerpt of Jack’s letter:

To my daughter upon graduating high school,

I have many expectations of you, not the least of which is this: I expect you to fail. A lot, and often.

I don’t say this because I am angry or doubtful of your future. Quite the opposite. I say this because I love you and only want the best for you.

Failure – true failure – isn’t the lack of success. It’s the inability to start.

Failure – true failure – isn’t the lack of success. It’s the inability to start. Some like to view this starting point as a leap of faith. But faith has nothing to do with it. Faith is pretending to know something you don’t know. You won’t need to pretend. The knowledge is yours; it is in you already. You will only need to trust yourself.

What did your parents teach you about failure?

jack mcdaniel
Jack McDaniel is a writer and artist whose essays have appeared in various places online and in print, including: Tiny Lights, Technorati and Storybook. He currently lives in Colorado with his teenage daughter. You can read more here:

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