Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stop Trying – Give Failure a Chance

To try at something has positive connotations. It implies attempt and effort. To fail at something has negative connotations. It implies losing or being unsuccessful.

Life however does not always take into account connotations or implications. Life deals more with actions and results.


Avoid the word “try.” It is the fear of doing. Doing is action, trying is a passive substitute that gives us the feeling we are going to do something without acting on it. It allows us to avoid failing. After all, we can always say: “I tried.”


Failure is a result of action. No one wants to fail but the word and result is not something to fear. Failure is simply another word for experience. It provides insight and creates new opportunity.

New opportunity does not come without risk. Risk also has different subtexts. It can be associated with danger and peril, but also possibility. How we internalize risk and failure makes all the difference. Do we see vulnerability, letdown and threat or strength, experience and new beginnings?


It does not have to be an either or situation. It can be easily an “and” situation. In fact, feeling vulnerable, letdown and threatened, is the motivator to gaining strength, knowledge and the persistence to start again.



Do yourself a favor. Stop trying. Give failure a chance.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
-Winston Churchill- 



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