I’m launching my very first summit and my brain’s yammering at me with thoughts about failure (of course). Do you ever get that?
What if it fails?
What if it flops?
What if no one comes?
What if no one likes it?
What if I mess it up?
And, of course, in times like these, the answers always start sneaking in. Here’s the advice that I’ve found about failing just today, and I hope that if you’re anxious or worried about your next big leap fizzling out:
From Danielle LaPorte:
“This is Your Guarantee of Failure. Proceed anyway.
GUARANTEED, FOR SURE, NO WAY OUT, GONNA HAPPEN, ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY CERTAIN:
You will fail. At some point. More than once.”
My summary: Of course you’re going to fail. Sometime. So get out there and get living and let them come.
You should go read it though. Her words are much more detailed:
From Jim Caroll: A reframe on what failing really means (it’s experiential capital)
- Innovators fail fast.
- Innovators who fail fast learn faster.
- Innovators who learn faster from faster failure master faster markets.
- Innovators master faster markets because they master fast failure
Celebrating goals: an answer to fear of big-picture failure?
I used to be big into goals… and then slipped out of the habit a bit. Looking back, I realize I was more fearless when it came to goal-setting and doing things than now, when I’m not doing that as regularly. Perhaps there’s a secret sauce in that.