Over the past few years I've made a conscious effort to push myself outside my comfort zone. I've written and published several pieces including my new Tech in Focus series, presented at local, regional, and national conferences, joined professional organization committees, connected with educators around the globe through social media, and used the connections and experiences to directly impact the teaching and learning occurring in my building. This year, my efforts have resulted in additional opportunities presenting themselves, some directly tied to what I am currently doing, while others take me in directions I had not thought of or planned for. Through pursuing these opportunities, I have experienced success, failure, and lots of rejection, all of which force me to grow and learn. No one likes to fail or be rejected, but both are inevitable. Rather than sulking, giving up, or being negative, I embrace my failures as First Attempts In Learning, and know that through each one I grow and become a better educator and person. Going forward, I look forward to continuing to grow, being sure to embrace and take on opportunities, whether they are in or out of my comfort zone, because when nothing's ventured, nothing's gained.