Yesterday’s post got me thinking . . .

Broadway Red SoxWhenever I talk about flops on the blog, like I did yesterday, I of course start thinking about my own fear of failure.

Yes, it’s true.  I’m afraid of failing.  Aren’t you?  Of course you are.  Everyone is.  And if someone tells you they aren’t, they’re lying.  Or they’re a robot.

Fear of failure is human.  And you shouldn’t try to eradicate it.  If some self-help guru tries to tell you that you must eliminate any thought of failure from your brain if you’re going to succeed, tell them to flop-off.

You don’t pretend something isn’t there.  You accept it.  Embrace it.

Because at some point in your professional life (and your personal life, actually), you’re going to fail.

Allow me to use a baseball analogy (if only so I can get a na-na-na-na-boo-boo to all you Yankees fans  out there because my Red Sox are in the World Series) . . . Even the best hitters in baseball strike out.  In fact, the real power hitters – the ones swinging for the fences, and the big time success – well, they strike out more than the others.  But they are going for it.

To put it more simply, I don’t care what you are doing . . . producing, writing, acting, trading stocks, or running restaurants or flipping apartments . . .

If you don’t fail, you’re not trying hard enough.

 

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  • Melissa says:

    1 down, 3 to go! Go Sox!!

  • Roy O'Neil says:

    http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/education/failures.htm

    you mentioned about coming in after Lincoln – here’s what he went through before he was elected Pres.

  • George says:

    Of course the – hardest – part of failing is when You dot all the “i’s” and cross all the “t’s” and you know that – within the limits of being Human – you thought, did and tried EVERYTHING as precisely as you could… and it Failed.

    THAT will make you question what they heck You are doing… and I found, throughout my Life, THAT is where MOST people (90%) quit!

    And that’s the difference between people who do eventually make it and the 99% who don’t… they quit! Whereas there are certain personalities that take every failure in stride, shake it off and go back to the batthing cage to take another shot at the curveball – or fastball (to keep with the Baseball analogy)

    Of course, I do leave a 9% spread between the quiters and those who eventually succeed… because there ARE people are NOT quiters but they never do snag that Brass Ring… roound and round the (Not) so Merry Go Round… and they never quite catch it.

    And that’s usually where it’s good to – get – Religion (and I say that as a devouit Athiest) because Relgion teaches one one thing; Humility – that we are NOT the center of the Universe (only our own if we believe ourselves to be God) and there is simple a LOT that is out of our control or even comprehension…

    And that’s where You smile, pick up that phone, power up that computer, talk to that key person and try, try, try…

    again!

    g

  • Derek says:

    I remember seeing a quote recently – I’m not sure of the exact words – or who said them – but it was something like ” If you really want to succeed, then FAIL FASTER”. Failure is an essential part of learning and refining the game plan for mega success. Many of the worlds wealthiest people went bankrupt and lost everything at least once in their lives. The lessons they learnt help them to rebound in a spectacular fashion.

  • Hi, Ken…Thanks for your encouraging message about swinging for the fences. I had a major humiliating strike out today. Although I didn’t achieve what I had hoped for, I feel good that I made a valiant effort. I’m still in the game and swinging at the fast balls. I appreciate your perspective on the theater scene. I’ve learned a lot reading your thoughtful obseervations.

  • Marcinho says:

    Welllllllll, well, well… Mr. Davenport (more about that in a moment!!!!!!).

    ANOTHER blogpost homerun!!!!!!! Not everyone is “built” for failure… and I don’t believe in “failure”. I believe in LESSONS LEARNED… which could have never BEEN learned, were it not for the attempt!

    I’ve been saying to myself, and to my clients, and in my book— forever!!!!

    “There are two kinds of REGRET in this world… the kind where you wish you HADN’T done some THING… and the kind where you wish you HAD!

    “It only comes down to WHICH ONE, you can handle BEST!”

    Thanks for another great, truthful, post!

    As for the “well, well, well” thing????

    I’ve very happy for you and your team!!!!! But “na-na-na-na-boo-boo”??? REALLY?!?!?!? There’s no reason to be TERSE about it! ROFLMBO!!!!! 😛

    Happy for Boston, actually… #BostonStrong!

    *whispers* “Go YANKEES!” (well you don’t want to be rude to your HOST!) LOL!

  • Marcinho says:

    *I’m

  • AC says:

    See the October 12 Scott Adams piece in the Wall Street Journal, entitled: Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure. It ties well to this blog post.

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