失敗は成功の母。Shippai wa seikō no haha. Failure is the mother of success. — 日本のことわざWe can do anything we want to do if we stick to it for long enough. — Helen Keller
Failure so soon still a success
I’m only days in and already I’ve failed. By Day 3 I had already fallen short on completing one of the tasks on two different days. Days 4, 5, and 6 were worse. I had dropped to only completing about 2 out the 10 tasks.
That’s a failure-focused itemization. It’s okay, but only as long as I truly realize what’s happening: I have studied Japanese every single day for the last five days! That hasn’t happened in more than four months. Additionally, my vocabulary has increased, my comprehension has made small advancements, and understanding of the culture and grammar have improved.
These incremental improvements didn't exist the day before I started this project. That, my friends, is success. In the end, my ultimate, single success of achieving felicity in Japanese will far outweigh any number of soon-to-be forgotten failures along the way.
Remember: the successful outcome of a singular endeavor outweighs a million failures when it comes to language learning.
Recognize the failures. Learn from them. Appreciate and validate the true success.
Taking steps, L. Cromwell
Make one million language mistakes as quickly as possible
Expect to make a million mistakes learning a new language. Embrace them. Make them as quickly as possible. Because when you’ve done so, you’ll have achieved success.