The Art of Fear and Failure
Inspiration of the Day
“The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized – and never knowing.”
author of Emotional Resilience
So Now What?
To know what you want and do nothing to achieve it?
That is a life unlived.
But life can be scary especially when reaching for your dreams. What if you fail? Many if not most people are afraid of failing.
And the fear is real. Everyone has it, even the successful.
But it’s not fear that is the problem. It’s how you handle fear. It’s how you handle losing.
Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, teaches this: The primary difference between a rich person and a poor person is how they handle that fear.
Successful people fail. They fail all the time. But to them it’s not failure. It’s just one more step to the top of the mountain.
I’ve told this story before but it bares repeating: Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson were rejected over 140 times by publishers who thought their book Chicken Soup For The Soul wouldn’t sell.
Once they finally found an almost bankrupt publisher to put the book out it took another 18 months before it started to sell. Now they’ve sold over 500 million books and an author, depending on the deal, gets around $1 – $2 a book.
Now what if they labeled themselves and their project a failure at rejection number 39, or rejection 82, or 139?
What if they labeled themselves and their project a failure after 6 months of marketing and no sales, or after 12 months, or 16 months?
What if they let fear of more rejection take them out? Again, 500 million books sold and an author, depending on the deal, gets around $1 – $2 a book.
A person’s most courageous act is to embrace failure!
Through failure you will learn the most valuable lesson about yourself.
And do it often enough – yes fail often enough – you will succeed.