Failure: The Road to Success

Last night, we went out to eat.  That’s not post worthy.   Let me tell you why we went out to eat.  I caught my oven on fire.  Not a big fire.  Just a small one.  I made a pot roast and it cooked out over the dutch oven making a mess in the bottom of my oven.  I didn’t realize that.

So last night, when I preheated the oven to bake a chicken, smoke was coming from out from the oven’s seams.  Upon opening the door to investigate the smoke, I saw a small fire.  Chris used the fire extinguisher we keep under the sink and the fire was out.  It was smelly, so we had to open up the windows and the back door.  We also had a thin layer of white dust covering the entire kitchen, including the prepped chicken.  This wasn’t a big deal, but it was definitely not in the plans.

Why am I telling you this?

Because I messed up.  And it’s not going to be the last time I mess up.  I mess up in the kitchen quite often.  This is because I’m constantly trying new things, and constantly learning new things.  And I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  If I never spent any time cooking, I would have never had that small fire, I would never burn dishes or end up producing food that tastes yucky.

I think sometimes bloggers, vloggers and some teachers don’t talk about their failures.  We talk about what went right and how you can do that too.  On the road to success, new things and adventures, you are met with failure.  We all are.  Don’t give up.  If you tried to make rice, and it didn’t turn out exactly how you like it, you’ve experienced success through your failure.  You now know a way NOT to make rice.  When I first started to try to make rice, I burnt it to the bottom of the pot and spent more time cleaning up after my learning experience (AKA mistake), than I did cooking or eating the rice.  If you try to make rice enough times, you may find a new way to make it (like I did, and wrote about it here) or you will perfect the way you were trying.

What does failing mean?

It means you are trying and that you are doing something.  You won’t get better in the kitchen unless you are in the kitchen.  This applied to every aspect of life.  Sometimes you don’t necessarily fail, but it feels like you are just floundering around not making progress.  If you are working at something, with a goal in mind, you are not failing.  You are learning.  You are becoming a better version of you.

When my chicken was ruined, and the house was smokey, did I feel like I was learning, and gaining experience? No, I felt stupid.  But now, I feel a lot better.  I know that I will not make that mistake again.  I also have more empathy for anyone else who has experienced this failure.  I needed some time to collect myself and my thoughts and move forward.  But guess what? I’ll be in the kitchen tonight, again.  I’ll also continue to try new things.  And I’ll continue to fail (AKA learn through experience).  But at the other end of those failures is a more experienced and better cook.

Keep on Cookin’ (or doing whatever it is that you do…)

So please, get in the kitchen and fail.  Burn things, make things that your family wrinkles their nose at.  BUT over time, you will cook things perfectly and have meals that your family loves, meals they request.  When someone tells you about a dish they tried to make, and it didn’t turn out, you’ll be able to ask a few questions and help.  You’ll know exactly what went wrong with their recipe because you have experienced it yourself.

You are becoming better, all the time.  It doesn’t matter what you are doing, but as long as you are doing something, you will be experiencing failures AND you will be learning. You will have great successes, as well.  It doesn’t matter what you are doing, just do it.

Thank you for letting me share my failure with you.  I hope that it helps you through any challenges you may have.  I probably won’t share all of my failures with you, but know that I have them.

To quote the Red Green from the Red Green show: We’re all in this together.

2 thoughts on “Failure: The Road to Success

  1. Mike @ Gentleman Homestead

    We’ve had a full blown oven fire. Flames and everything. 🙂

    Let me paint a picture for you.

    My wife and I moved in together a few months after getting engaged because I had finished grad school and moved for my first real job. We didn’t want to be apart for six months until the wedding. The parents weren’t very happy with that “living in sin” decision, but oh well.

    My wife invited everyone over for a big Thanksgiving dinner in the little house we were renting. As soon as my her soon to be mother-in-law arrived, part of the plastic bag that was around her turkey in the oven somehow flopped out of the pan, melted against the oven grate, and gushed a lot of drippings into the oven, which proceeded to burn hotter and brighter than the sun.

    Feel better? 🙂


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