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Overcoming the fear of failure

Don’t be scared of failure

Those who try may fail!

Those who fail to try, always fail.

There is no stronger feeling of regret than knowing that you failed to try. You may from time to time try and fail, the more ambitious you are, the higher you aim, the more likely you are to fail at some point or another.

The trick however is learning to accept temporary failure as part of the process. Do you fear the sun rise? (I hope not.) You know that sunrise and sunset are part of the day’s process. It is hard for some of us to accept that failure is part of the process.

The older we get the more we associate pain with failure, the more we fear it. Yet it is clear that to learn, to grow and to succeed we must first acknowledge that we still have things to learn, room to grow and opportunities for success.

When we are young and childlike we have a sense of bounce-back-ability, we know that getting something wrong is not the end of the world, we know that we can learn from our mistakes and bounce back to try again. As we get older we fear that we may fall and never get back up again.

Yet if we fail to try, is that not the equivalent of never getting up at all?

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Henry Ford
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
― Thomas A. Edison

It is also a matter of what you consider failure and what you consider a learning step. In life if you learn from a failure it becomes a lesson; not a failure. Then if you are to overcome fear of failure you must accept that: failure you learn from is not really failure at all. Can you fear learning without feeling like a fool?

Don’t be scared of learning something new everyday. Try and try again until you get it right. Adjust your approach with every failure and try your best to never fail the same way twice.

Learn also that in life there is always risk attached to everything you do, even being idle holds great risk. Some people say time is money and being idle (or killing time), is like burning money. Would you burn money pointlessly? So don’t waste your time. Go out into the world and be ready and willing to learn!

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