Do you find that your internet business has hit a wall? Maybe you’ve only partially reached your goals, but now you’ve hit that brick wall. What could be wrong? Maybe you haven’t started your internet business yet. How come? Fear of failure is probably the number 1 reason that people never get off the ground, or let their business reach its full potential. No one likes to “lose face” by having their product flop. No one wants to admit that their website only received 2 visitors today.
Naturally, failure is something that we all prefer to avoid. It takes much less courage to win than it does to fail. Think of this for a moment. The greatest discoveries in history are all results of countless failures. Imagine all the rockets that blew up or crashed & burned before we ever got into orbit. Suppose we collectively just said, “hmmpf, that didn’t work, I guess rocket flight is impossible”. So much for the moon.
You have to dare to fail. You strive for success of course, but when something flops, find out why. Maybe you wrote an eBook guide on the best hotels in the Caribbean. You didn’t sell a single issue. Do you toss the idea completely? Maybe. Or maybe the fact that your website was called “AlaskanSnowBalls.com” with an unrelated sales page featuring your book had something to do with it. Sometimes a small tweak will make all the difference in the world.
The important point is don’t let the fear of failure stop you from succeeding! If you didn’t take action because you’re afraid of failing at something, then you’ve already failed. Ok, that wasn’t so hard was it? You’ve already failed by being afraid to fail! The sun is still rising in the morning, people are still going about their business, and you are none the worse for wear. Ratcheting your business to be the best it can be is done by taking your tiny failures or flaws and using them to your advantage. Failure must be used as a tool. These are the road maps to success. Never give up. Most people give up when they’re just on the verge of success. Have you been initiated into the ranks of failure yet? If so, congratulations! You have now found the key to success!
4 thoughts on “Do You Have The Courage To Fail?”
What’s interesting to me is that we learn from failing, not from success.
Although it has taken me a while to understand this fully, I now want to hurry up and fail as often as is necessary so I can enjoy success more quickly.
It was Thomas Edison who said, “If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
Best, George Lutz
This is a great post. There are so few people in the world who really understand this. It’s what helps us to keep going – if we measure our success by the distance and the learning we have covered then our failures are all great successes.
I completely agree with you that most people give up when they are on the verge of success. It’s sad to watch, but thankfully in my work see many more successes and very few people giving up.
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Thanks for the comment Dan,
I couldn’t have said it better myself! 😀
It’s certainly rewarding when the successes of your clients out number the failures. Successes are the good things that we look back on in our old age. If we can bring others along with us on that road to success, then the fruits borne from our lives are that much sweeter.
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