Are You Avoiding Failure?
I recently finished reading, “Poke The Box” by one of my favorite speakers and authors, Seth Godin and I am very excited to share the highlights with you.
Poke The Box is about failing and taking risks. It’s about taking initiative and starting something. It’s about taking your ideas and turning them into a reality.
We live in a society where failing is discouraged. The problem with that mentality is it does not allow for taking risks. Starting a business is risky, but so is breathing. In other words, there are no guarantees in life. There is no such thing as security, so why not take a chance and start something?
Godin writes, “Risk, to some is a bad thing, because risk brings with it the possibility of failure. It might be only temporary failure, but that doesn’t matter so much if the very thought of it shuts you down. So, for some, risk comes to equal failure (take enough risks and sooner or later, you will fail). Risk is avoided because we’ve been trained to avoid failure.”
What Are You Willing To Risk?
I talk to a lot of entrepreneurs about their business ideas and many of them talk themselves out of their idea long before they have breathed life into it. Simply put, they are afraid. They are afraid of failing and falling.
Ultimately, they are afraid of loss. Loss of money. Loss of credibility. Loss of assets. Loss of savings. Loss of time. Loss of popularity. Loss of resources. Loss of comfort. Loss of safety.
It takes courage to risk losing what you THINK you know.
Been successful? Takes guts to lose that too when you are starting something new. Much easier to sit on your laurels and maintain the staus quo of your previous wins.
Yes, failing and falling can be painful, and devastating. But, you have got to get back up each time. That’s how we learn. That’s how we succeed.
Do Your Fears Prevent You From Starting?
Godin writes about taking initiative. “The essence of being human is to initiate…Part of initiating is being willing to discover that what you end up with is different from what you set out to accomplish. If you’re not willing to discover that surprise, it’s no wonder you’re afraid to start….Today, not starting is far, far worse than being wrong. If you start, you’ve got a shot at evolving and adjusting to turn your wrong into a right. But if you don’t start, you never get a chance.”
In other words, you will never know unless you try. Go start something. It’s time to get moving on the idea that has been lingering in the back of your mind.
Godin’s concise and eloquent writing style illustrates the reasons why we hold back. “We are trained to fit in, not to stand out, and the easiest way in the world to fit in is to never initiate. Don’t speak up. If you see something, don’t say anything. In fact, we spend most of our days waiting for permission to start.”
Are you waiting for someone whom you deem important to give you permission to go for it? Guess what? That’s never going to happen.
I once heard a saying that goes like this, “All up to me if it is gonna be.” So stop waiting for permission or approval from your mother, father, spouse, boss, or teacher to begin.
I couldn’t agree with Godin more when he writes, “Action is easy once you have a plan. Formulating a plan, however, is a RARE and valuable skill.”
So what are you waiting for? Ready! Set! Go! Just make sure you have an Action Plan!
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