In a prior post (NEVER Ring The Bell) we heard from the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command sharing advice with recent college graduates. One of the things he emphasized was the reality that we will all fail at some point in our lives. And, the importance of taking it in stride, getting back up, dusting ourselves off and trying again and again and again…
In browsing Nightingale Conant’s site (containing tons of motivational, inspirational and educational materials) I found a short video (less than 2 minutes long) titled “Famous Failures.” It is absolutely amazing to hear these “crash and burns” and who/what they became. That is, they didn’t let failure stop them.
Think about this…How did we learn to walk. We tried standing up only to fall down. We tried again and fell down, yet again. Most of us acquired a few bumps and bruises in the process. That was ok! We still got up again, took a few proud steps and crashed again. We tried over and over and over again — until!
What if we had let the fear of failure get the best of us? We’d still be crawling. While we were good at this (not giving up) as young, toothless lads or lasses, at some point along the way we developed a fear of failure. We can continue to live with this (and not achieve our goals and dreams) or do something about it.
In closing, don’t let failure (or worse, fear of failure) keep you from achieving your goals and dreams!