Failure is an option

BootsAndLace72web“It’s better to have tried and failed than to live life wondering what would’ve happened if I had tried” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

I was looking for a thought for the day to inspire us all and came up with this one. Failure is a fact of life. But like Tennyson wrote, it’s better to have failed than never to have tried. I didn’t know when I started my journey as an author that I would make it. I banked on a lot of failure in the beginning. But through my failures, I learned to write a better book and eventually–because I kept trying–I published. I still encounter failure in many aspects of my life, but I count it up to my growing well of wisdom and push on.

Think about the cowboys breaking a horse. They know there’s the possibility they will fail in their first few attempts. That doesn’t stop them from trying. They pick themselves up, dust themselves off and saddle up.

If you’ve ever lost in love but moved on to another relationship, your failure may have made you better equipped to handle the next attempt.

Failure is the way we learn. Failure is the catalyst that pushes us on to succeed. Failure is the lessons learned that spurs us on to success! Have the guts to try, the thick skin to accept failure and learn from it, and the courage to keep on trying.

Have a great day and keep trying!

by Myla Jackson
March 26th, 2013

Welcome back to the Ugly Stick Saloon!

She wants no strings…but he wants it all.

After her philandering husband left her, Lacey Lambert found sanctuary, and a better class of friends, at the Ugly Stick Saloon. Where she learned that the best revenge—against her ex, and the “friends” who kicked her out of the Temptation Garden Club—is to live life to the fullest.

Now that her best friend is moving out of her apartment building, she’s feeling a little lonely. And more than ready for a little commitment-free sex with the hot new downstairs tenant.

Freshly divorced, Nick McBride isn’t looking for another failed relationship. But when the luscious brunette offers no-strings sex—with him and his brother—he can’t come up with a good reason to refuse.

After he gets over the shock that she likes it loud, long, and in front of an open window, he finds himself wanting more time with her. Maybe even on a permanent basis. But it’ll take every ounce of his cowboy charms to convince her to let him sweep her off her feet.

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About Myla Jackson

Twenty years of livin' and lovin' on a South Texas ranch raising horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus left an indelible impression on Myla Jackson, one she likes to instill in her red-hot stories. Myla pens wildly sexy, fun adventures of all genres including historical westerns, medieval tales, romantic suspense, contemporary romance and paranormal beasties of all shapes and sexy sizes. When she's not wrangling words from her computer she's out snow-skiing, boating, riding her ATV or spending time with her family. She lives in the tree-covered hills of Northwest Arkansas with her husband of 20 years and her muses— the human-wanna-be canines—Chewy and Sweetpea. To learn more about Myla Jackson and her stories visit her website at
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11 Responses to Failure is an option

  1. Mary Preston says:

    You can’t succeed if you don’t try. You can learn a lot by your failures.

  2. Ronda Tutt says:

    Failure in a way one key to gaining wisdom, the other key to wisdom is learning from them and not repeating them.- hence it takes years to become wise or successful. Funny you ask if any of us have lost in love – absolutely. I’m not proud to say this but I’ve been married 5 times – yes 5 times. Each marriage didn’t last over a few years and through 3 children and lots of heart ache I realized my mistakes so when husband #5 came a long we both knew what we wanted and didn’t want all the game playing – we have been married for 15 years now, he is my best friend. Anyway, your right, when you fail, just get up dust off, and get back in the saddle.

    I so need to read your Boots and Lace, I love stories where couples find love not on the rebound but unexpectedly.- It’s like love has a way of bitch slapping you to get you to realize what a good thing you got going and not to pass it up – LOL

  3. mawmom says:

    I think we have to taste failure to know how sweet it is when we finally meet with sucsess! Carin

  4. Clare O'Beara says:

    I break in a horse gently, so he or she is happy with me on his back and doesn’t throw me off!
    If you don’t succeed first time yes, try again. But another recent saying is that if you do the same as you’ve always done, you’ll get the same as you’ve always got.

  5. Myla Jackson says:

    Right you are Clare. The idea is to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them!

  6. Michelle Levan says:

    Failure is just a matter of perspective, lets just say it didn’t turn out like one hoped 😉

  7. Laurel S says:

    One of the best quotes on failure I’ve ever heard came from the Disney movie Meet the Robinsons “From failure you learn, from success…not so much” which was followed by the family motto “Keep moving forward”

  8. jwl321 says:

    Failure keeps you honest and makes you strong in the long run.

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