Thursday, February 3, 2011

Seizing the Moment

It can be easy to second guess ourselves. Maybe there is something that you really want to do, but you are hesitant to commit. Or you think, for whatever reason, that now is not the right time.

What do you think the chances are that you will get that done?

Not very good.

Maybe you're afraid you will fail, so you're not willing to commit.

Again, what do you think the chances are that you'll succeed?

Not very good.

To give yourself the best chance to doing anything, you have to maximize the chances that you will fail. You have to be willing to lay it all on the line. To commit that yes, you are going to do this. If you fail, and you very well might, you fail.

But the secret of those who succeed is that they see that failure is just another learning opportunity. Today's failure paves the way for tomorrow's success. In that sense, failure is just a word that gets in the way. Failure is just a concept. And fear of failure is perhaps the biggest excuse we make for not ever starting.

But what about learning? Isn't learning just another word for failure? And learning is something we want to do as much as possible, not something to be avoided at all costs.

So go fail. And learn as much as you can while doing it.


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