Are you free to fail?

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This one is a borrowed post that I really liked … a short article from MindPerk, an online self improvement and training library.  In connection with American Independence Day, the folks at MindPerk took the opportunity to share some reflections on the concept of freedom. Western culture has long valued freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to move and travel etc…  But what, they ask, about the freedom to fail?

MindPerk writes:

Take away a child’s ability to fall down and she will never learn to walk. Shield a teenager from consequences and he will never learn to take responsibility. Remove the risk of striking out in baseball, and that athlete will never hit a home run. Eliminate the risk of business failure or lay-offs, and you have removed the opportunity to excel.

It’s normal to want to avoid failure. But, the fear of failure is the number one cause of procrastination and inaction, both of which rob us of opportunity. Action, even action that results in failure, takes us that much closer to success. But, paralyzed inaction takes us nowhere.

Michael Jordan said it this way:
“I have missed over 9,000 shots in my career.
I have lost almost 300 games.  On 26 occasions I have been entrusted
to take the game winning shot . . . and missed! I have failed over and
over and over again in my life — and that is precisely why I succeed.”

Success and failure are two sides of a coin; you must have one to possess the other. It is the failures that make the successes possible.

Success Tip: Next time you stumble and fall along the journey of life, congratulate yourself because you just moved a little closer to your future success. The only time you make no progress is when you do nothing. Make sure that you risk enough to succeed because the old saying is true: The road to success is paved with failure.

I thought this was nice piece of insight.   You can read this article … and more just like it here.

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