Seth Godin’s short, and, as always, brilliant blog post yesterday was something I had to read twice. The first two sentences read:
“But what if I fail?”
When I read that on his blog, it echoed in my head: you will, you will, YOU WILL. If only because you can’t win every single time. So you’ll fail big, and you’ll fail small, you’ll fail slow and you’ll fail fast. You’ll fail at the beginning, and you’ll fail at the end. To borrow from Dr. Suess: one failure, two failure, red failure, blue failure.
A Google search turns up some surprising results about people who have failed and yet, still had massive success and legacy in the long run: Walt Disney. Henry Ford. Thomas Edison. Names among hundreds of others that overcame supposedly insurmountable odds: Albert Einstein. Oprah Winfrey. Dr. Suess.
Every single one of them would tell me that it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. (A phrase I first heard from my friend Jennifer.) Every single one of them would tell me that it is worth it.
So the question isn’t, “How do I keep from failing?”
The questions needs to be:
- How do I fail faster?
- How do I make this break?
- How does this not work?
- How do I fail bigger?
- How do I fail sooner?
- How do I own failure?
- How do I let failure define me?
Because it seems that on the other side of failure, history is made.
So this whole “fear of failure” thing? Get over that. Name the failure. Embrace it. It just means you are closer than ever to your next success.