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Mini JoyBinge #3

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Hi and welcome to the third mini JoyBinge episode, where we will talk about good things to think about and encourage us for this week. My name is Kimmy Mauldin and I am excited to bring you a little dose of joy in the off week between news episodes. Let’s binge on some joy!

How Chelsea Francis Learned To Reframe Life's Failures Into Personal Successes

In 2019, I want to talk about hobbies and passions. We live life more fully when we discover passions and pursue them outside of normal life. If you are one of the lucky ones who get to follow your passions through your job, congrats! But if you are like millions of people across the globe, maybe you work on your passion as a hobby or a side gig. Maybe you don’t even know what your passion is. We’ll leave discovering your passion for a later episode, but today I want to discuss maintaining your passion as you work on developing your hobby.

Last week, we spoke with my good friend, Loryn, who builds motorcycles and keeps a blog about her moto-focused passion all in her spare time. We talked a bit about maintaining that passion so now I want to tell you about a cool lady who took the fear of failure and turned it into an opportunity to celebrate failures and help others realize that failures can and should be overcome.

Part of starting a new hobby is the inevitable learning curve. It will take time to get use to whatever you decide to do as a hobby. Mistakes will be made and you will get to learn how to do the thing stronger and better. So with that said, I wanted to share the newest interview from the Texas Optimism Project that focuses on learning from failures! If you haven’t heard any of the other interviews from this project, I covered them in previous episodes. Each one focuses on a Texan who uses optimism to progress in life whether it’s through business, personal growth, or in other ways. I’ve had a great time reading these interviews and getting their optimism newsletters so I hope you enjoy this new one with me!

This week’s interview is with Chelsea Francis who is the Creator and Editor of Pass/Fail, a website focused on celebrating failures as step stones toward success! She is a really interesting person who has harnessed the benefits of failure to inspire people to keep moving forward. The posts on Pass/Fail are written by various people sharing personal stories of failure and how that helped them later on. Doyin Oyeniyi is the Optimism Correspondent hosting the interview.

Oyeniyi kicks off the interview asking Francis how Pass/Fail came into existence. Francis responds, “I got really interested in the idea that you can be famous in a field - that someone can be incredibly well-known to a small group of people while at the same time being completely unknown to another. … This notion broadened my idea of what success looks like. In a way, it made it more accessible to me. I started studying what it takes for people to get to the pinnacle of their career, where they’re at their most successful, and the common thread is always failure. It’s how you perceive your failures and how you move past them.”

Francis goes on to discuss how failures happen to everyone. We all make mistakes. And we make the same mistakes as almost everyone else. None of our mistakes are new. But when we believe that no one has ever failed as we have, we isolate ourselves with that line of thinking and can often get stuck and quit trying to move past that failure. She says, “What I’m trying to say is that your outlook can change everything. The lens through which you view things can vastly improve the experience of client work, launching an online publication about failure, handling friendships, or every day life.”

Teaching yourself how to have a more optimistic outlook is hard, difficult, but incredibly rewarding. I know for myself that I find myself able to roll with the punches much easier, I don’t take things people say or do to heart as quickly. Honestly, I’ve realized that I don’t have to spend my time or energy on things that frankly don’t need my attention. Learning how to relax and understand that people don’t always take your feelings into account has allowed me to pour that energy into projects like this podcast and streaming on Twitch. And this lesson is something I am extremely grateful for.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to read this entire interview to you but please take the time to read it. I wish I could hear the conversation because it sounds like Oyeniyi and Francis had a great discussion! The last thing I wanted to highlight from the interview is Francis’ view on success. She tells Oyeniyi, “Part of what I’m doing with Pass/Fail is demystifying this idea of success - the idea that success is for someone who isn’t me and that this person is some figure on a pedestal because they have succeeded, when in reality, they’re a very normal person who wakes up the same way I do and makes decisions the best way they know how to help them get where they’re going. And that’s it. That’s the only difference between us. There are so many other things in play, but once you get to adulthood and you’re making a life for yourself, there’s nothing that separates you from someone who’s very successful besides working toward understanding the decisions you’re making.” Basically, we are all making it up as we go and that’s ok!

Now, the website is which I found absolutely hilarious and awesome. It really makes the strong point that you pass and then you fail and then you pass and then you fail and then you pass and then you fail all through life. And again, it’s ok. Scrolling through the website, I see a lot of articles about trying new things, how to start the year in a solid tone, things to accomplish before the end of the right now everything is focused on the new year because everything is. But I encourage you to check out the website, get on their Instagram, follow them on Twitter, and all other platforms that they might be on, because there are some really cool articles on here.

I read one not too long ago about breaking up with friends because that’s not a topic many people talk about. I really liked it because the author was very honest, gave real life scenarios, and explained how this idea affected them, and how they learned to grow from it. They realized that they were not being a good friend to someone and that person was not being a good friend to them, so it was just time to stop. I had never really thought about how friendships and relationships can affect our work life, which of course it can, it affects everything! But it allowed me to stop and think about it a little bit more. And to try to be a little wiser about how I conduct my relationships in the future. I think that this is a great website to check out and to learn a little bit more from. So I hope that you can gain a little bit of joy from that just as I have!

Thanks for listening to some of the joy found in the world this past week. If you have stories of good people doing good things in your neighborhood or anywhere, send them our way! We’ve got an email, or tweet at us @joybingepodcast or visit our Facebook page and Instagram account. TELL ME THE GOOD STUFF!


The music for this podcast is "Industrious Ferret" by Kevin MacLeod. Thanks for listening and have a great week!

"Industrious Ferret" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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