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I've failed a lot.
I've done entire stand-up comedy sets where no one laughed,
uploaded videos that have huge dislike ratios,
and I've bombed countless auditions, pitches and meetings.
And failing in the moment is hard, right?
You feel embarrassed and ashamed as your self-esteem just like plummets to the ground.
You tell yourself that you are an untalented piece of shit who's stupid for even trying.
And then to make it worse,
you replay these moments over and over in your head as though reliving it will somehow change what happened.
The number one thing that helps me deal with failure is learning how to not take it personally.
And this is hard but once you can separate your identity from failure itself,
and approach it more clinically,
the quicker you'll able to get over it and get back to trying.
I mean, can you imagine how hard it would be for scientists to make progress,
If they experience crippling shame every time their experiment failed?
Oh my god, I'm just like so embarrassed!
Ahh girl, I totally get it.
But sometimes you have to break a few beakers to get a substantially viable theory, you know?
I know! It's just every time I test my hypothesis and the variables don't add up to the conclusion that I know the mathematics back.
I feel like super stupid!
Ohh no, bb! It's all part of the scientific method, girl.
Here, have a shot.
Thank you.
(Choking)
Oh, Ooops, that's not whiskey, I'm so sorry!
The sooner you realize that failure is not a reflection of your self-worth,
and instead, a process that everybody has to go through to get better,
the more you'll embrace it and actually think that it's a good thing.
Because every failure is one step closer to success.
Now I do realize some people are stuck in the fear of failure stage, right?
Like you're like, too afraid to even try.
Whenever I feel afraid and I don't want to do something, I try to visualize all the worst possible outcomes.
So if I'm doing a show, I'll visualize that nobody laughs at a joke,
or that I went blank on stage and forgot my set,
or that people threw a bunch of tomatoes at me.
And after I go through every terrible outcome,
I ask myself,
"Will I still be better for this experience?"
And the answer is almost always yes!
Because, none of these situations had me dying,
and in each one I faced my fears and I experienced personal growth.
Plus, to be honest, people don't care!
If anybody witnessess your failure,
yeah they'll cringe and then they'll move on with their lives and go on to the next thing.
It was a horrifying moment and time for you, but you're still a little bit closer to your goal.
Hopefully that helps!
I'm Anna Akana, I'll see you next Thursday!
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該如何面對失敗以及對失敗的恐懼? (How To Deal With Failure (And The Fear Of It))

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Sabrina Hsu 發佈於 2017 年 3 月 14 日   Sabrina Hsu 翻譯   Colleen Jao 審核

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每個人都會有失敗的時候,但失敗並不丟臉也不悲慘,而是通往成功必經的道路。那要如何面對失敗才是正確的呢?讓我們一起看看這部影片怎麼講吧!

1plummet0:15
plummet 這個動詞在「解釋數據」時常常會用到,意思是「暴跌、急遽下降」。但除了運用在解釋數據之外,當然也可以用在其他地方,例如這部影片中就是說「自尊從高處墜毀到地上」。
House prices for that area have plummeted ever since the disaster striked.
自從災難發生以來,那區的房價急劇下降。

Huge boulders plummeted from the mountains due to the mudslide.
好幾塊巨石因土石流從山上急速落下。


2get over it0:38
get over sth/sb 的意思是「從⋯中恢復過來」,或是「放下某人、某事」。
I don't know how long it would take for me to get over the loss of my grandma.
我不知道我需要多少時間才能從失去奶奶的憂傷中恢復過來。

Louis, please get over the fact that you got fired already! You threatened the company, so the boss fired you. It's that simple.
路易斯,不要再因為被炒魷魚生氣了!你威脅公司安全所以被老闆開除,就這麼簡單的道理。


3to be honest2:06
to be honest 在現在英語國家的年輕人口中,變得有點像是口頭禪,什麼句子都可以加一個 to be honest,其實已經有點過度使用了。但這個片語真正的意思是「說真的、老實說」,也有人直接簡寫為 tbh
To be honest, I don't really care what you think about me anymore.
老實說,我已經不在乎你對我怎麼想了。

To be honest, I wasn't going to spend so much money, but the salesperson kept recommending their products and I didn't know how to refuse, so I just bought them.
老實說,我剛開始沒有要花這麼多錢的,但推銷員一直推銷他們的產品,我又不知道怎麼拒絕,只好買下來了。


to be honest 後面也可以加 with you 變成 to be honest with you(向對方坦承),或是在中間加上「副詞」做強調,例如 to be quite honestto be absolutely honest

*同場加映:
如何讓你的愛人更想吻你 (How to Get Someone to Kiss You)


4cringe2:10
cringe 是大部份人比較不知道,但小編覺得非常好用的一個字。它是一個動詞,意思跟 embarrass 很像,指的是「感到難堪、難爲情」,但 cringe 比較不是 embarrass 害羞尷尬的感覺,而是比較像當自己 2011 年的 FB 大頭貼及被標記照片被朋友翻出來的那種尷尬、想鑽進地洞的感覺。
I cringed at the thought of having to see my dad dance on stage.
光想像我爸要上台跳舞就讓我感到超尷尬。

I can't believe you brought our old yearbook to school! The old photos make me cringe so much.
我不敢相信你竟然把我們陳年的畢業紀念冊帶到學校!那些舊照片讓我超尷尬。


*同場加映:
不讓尷尬症發作挑戰2 (TRY NOT TO CRINGE CHALLENGE 2 (w/ MARZIA))


在歌詞裡或是生活中常常會聽到這句話:What doesn't kill you make you stronger(沒有把你殺死的東西就會讓你更強壯),沒錯~在遇到難關時,只要咬牙撐過去,不論最後是失敗還是成功,都會是你人生歷練中的一部分喲!

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