What would you do if you knew you could not fail?


Such a big question, if you really ponder it. We all know that failure is how we grow, how we test ourselves and become stronger, but knowing how necessary failing is doesn’t make it any less intimidating. No one likes knowing they’ve been unsuccessful – it’s unattractive, feels ridiculously inefficient and throws up mental barriers like nobody’s business. Against such foes, “You need failure to grow!” feels like a really rusty sword.

It takes some time, to reach a point where you can ask this question and allow yourself the time and mental space to actually answer it. At first it feels like a cheap attempt to bolster dying dreams, at least until you reach the actionable point – the moment when you transition from mere pondering into the leap.

In the end, this question is really about two things: conquering fear and stripping away the procrastination. So ask yourself what you would do if failure were not even a possibility? Then find the right cliff to leap off of.

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One thought on “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

  1. I think in most cases, the idea of failure is an internalized concept. Sure, there are people we look at and think of them as failures. But that gang-banger might be quite successful and on his way to being a boss! It goes the other way too. You could look at someone and think they are a success, but internally they might feel like a failure. Yeah, they might be famous, but their friends are fake and they can’t hold a relationship together. Failure is a subjective term and the most devastating way it can be applied is to ourselves. We don’t really fail unless we give up. We succeed when we learn from whatever went wrong and try again. I understand how hard it can be when we think we’re doing great and a bomb suddenly drops, making all our efforts fall apart. It always amazes me how some people can just pick up the pieces and and start again without blinking an eye. I’m not one of those people, but I try to be. It takes a lot of mental effort and some days are harder than others. But I’ve got to try. I may not take a dive off the metaphorical cliff, but I’ll find a way to climb down–eventually. ❤

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