I Don’t Believe in Failure, Lena Waithe
Why writer and actor Lena Waithe thinks a career without failure is boring.
JANE FONDA: Well it's important for human beings to fail in every aspect of life, because it's the only way you learn, I think. I mean, if all you do is succeed, it's hard to learn. I read somewhere, God doesn't come into us through awards and ceremony, God comes into us through our scars and wounds.
Knowledge, wisdom, growth comes into us when we have failed, when we have had setbacks. My greatest epiphanies and growth have come at the bottom of a nervous breakdown, when I was suffering so much that I didn't think it was humanly possible. You think you're broken, but you're really broken open.
LENA WAITHE: I don't know if I believe in failures. I think everything is a learning moment, and it's something to grow from. If you have a career where you never fail, it's kind of boring. So I think at some point you've got to take a swing, and do something crazy.
Even if you fall down on your face, it is about the experience. It's about growing as an artist. So I think risks should always be taken. And I think that there's really no such thing as a failure.