I’m sure you can imagine my dismay when I discovered my word expert friends were wrong about a word like failure! Their definition is:
- A lack of success
- A falling short
- One who has failed
This hardly seems correct, does it? I spent much of my life using the word “failure” as they defined it. A hard line of performance or non-performance – and even worse – used to describe people. Through even a little bit of life experience, I believe many people would agree, a new definition is in order.
I’m attending Strikethrough to redefine failure for myself. Language is powerful. So, it will take a conscious effort to realign my instincts with a positive connotation. I look forward to designing failure into the culture in my library and my home. I look forward to redefining failure in a way that doesn’t describe defeat – but as an intentional and necessary piece of success.
By: Jami Carter, Director of the Tooele City Library and President-Elect of the Utah Library Association