Fear of Success And Failure – 4 Minute Read


There is so much written about success and failure, I could probably print it all and it would cover the city of Manhattan. Nearly everyone has an opinion on what success is and what failure is.

That is where this will be different.

I’ve had quite a bit of success in my life and even more failures. I’ve served in the military with an exemplary record, but didn’t excel as fast as I thought I should have. I’ve made a lot of money in many different industries, but never felt quite at home in any of them. I’ve put myself through college and graduated with no student debt, but I felt I didn’t complete it as fast as I knew I could.

One thing I almost never hear is the fact that success goes hand in hand with failure. Sure, there are those few exceptions to the rule. But, for the majority, behind every great success is a multitude of failures. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper because he lacked imagination and did not have any original ideas. Thomas Edison’s teachers told him that he was too stupid to learn anything. We all know of the success of the two previously mentioned individuals. What we don’t hear much about is the list of failures each one experienced before they were successful.

When we decide to approach something new, we usually approach it in two ways. The first way is we just jump in with both feet and figure it out as we go. The second way is we tend to analyze and re-analyze our approach and never end up actually doing anything. The first way is the method most successful people have become successful.

Becoming comfortable with going full throttle even though statistically you know you will most likely end in failure is something that most people are deathly afraid of.

When you are asked, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”, what is your typical response? I understand the meaning behind the question, but I feel the question should actually be, “What would you do if you knew you were going to fail time and time again until you got it right?”

With every failure, you learn what not to do next time, where to streamline and how to make your business processes more efficient.

Failure is your best teacher and what is most feared. My advice to anyone reading this is this: The next time you have an idea or thought for a new business or venture, just go for it! What is the worst that can happen? Honestly ask yourself that question. Is it possible that you will lose some money and time? Of course it is. On the flip side, what is the best that can happen? You will create something successful, revolutionary and mind-blowing!

What are you waiting for? Get out there and GO FOR IT!!

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