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Failure. And fear of.
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Failure. Do you fear it? (I'm not aware of anyone who at some time doesn't.)
Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared.
To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure.
It isn't enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it…
The greatest inventors, artists, and athletes have all failed many times.
Dan Millman, 'Body Mind Mastery'.
Here's what Michael Jordan has to say about failure:
I've missed more than nine thousand shots in my career.
I've lost almost 300 games.
Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the winning shot and missed.
I've failed over and over again in my life. And that's why I succeed.
It's often suggested that ultimately 'the only people who fail are those who don't try'.
And Robert F Kennedy tells us that 'Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.'
My view is that we can learn to 'fail forward'.
To accept that we'll sometimes, perhaps often, make mistakes and screw-up. And to learn from the experience.
The point here is simple: Failure isn't an option. It's required. It's a necessary and almost inevitable part of life.
What's your relationship to failure? Have you made peace with it, yet?
Added on July 11 2016.