A Blog by John Bossong

Why You Need To Fail

One thing will happen to you this week. You will make a decision. The decision to try something new. Do something different. Make a change. Try a new approach. Go left or right.

Or, you won’t decide, which, is a decision. Will fear keep you from doing something? Will fear paralyze you?

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success – Dale Carnegie

Instead of fearing failure and avoiding it, look closely at what you can learn. Carnegie stresses you must experience failure to find success. He believed through examining your failures, you gain the knowledge to success.

Consider failures as part of your education. Whether you learn to stop doing something or do something differently, learn to learn from your failures and feelings of discouragement. Use them productively.

But the fear of doing what we’re called to do comes in a Baskin Robbins assortment of disgusting flavors and one of them is the question, “What if I do the wrong thing? – Jon Acuff, Quitter

We all have a what if.  It’s different for everyone. Your what if may be the job you passed up. It may be the relationship you didn’t cultivate. Only you know your what if. Is fear of failure keeping you from your what if?

What If These Famous Failures ….

A professional does not take success or failure personally.  That’s priority number one for us now. That our project has crashed is not a reflection of our worth as human beings. It’s just a mistake. It’s a problem – and a problem can be resolved – Steven Pressfield, Do The Work!

Steve Jobs on Failure

Key Takeaways from The Video 

  • Ask – people can’t help you if you don’t ask.
  • Act – take action.
  • Be responsive to others who ask.
  • Be willing to fail.

Richard Branson: Learning from Failure

Lessons from the Video

  • Don’t give up.
  • Don’t be embarrassed.
  • Keep trying.
  • Don’t take it personally.

Today, right now, safe is risky. Listening to fear is risky. If you avoid all things that you are afraid of, you will become boring, mediocre and ignored. You will have no chance to connect, to make an impact or to do the work that matters. That’s because the only work that matters is work that’s a bit scary – Seth Godin, Graceful

What’s something new you can try this week? What can you risk failing at? Try one of these,

  • Volunteer to teach or lead something at work you’ve never done.
  • Take an online course in a subject you are interested in.
  • Learn a different function at work.
  • If you’ve never been in sales, learn how to sell.  You will face rejection and fear every day.

These are just a few examples. You know what your what ifs are. Have a great week!


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