July 31, 2020

Failure Is an Option

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”
— Robert T. Kiyosaki, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”

Way too many people settle into mediocrity because they’re afraid of failing. Maybe they can’t handle criticism. Maybe they don’t want to let their family down. Maybe they’re comfortable and don’t want to lose that comfort. Whatever it is, people don’t want to take risks.

I think that most of the time when we avoid risk, it’s because we’re listening to an inner voice that tells us we’re a fraud. The voice tells us that if we fail, the whole world will know just what a complete fake we are.

Don’t listen to that voice. That voice is just giving you an excuse to avoid executing, and executing is what you need to be doing. If you want to succeed, you need to risk some failure along the way. It’s OK to fail as long as you keep learning and adjusting.

So get up and get moving. Figure out the most important thing you need to do today and do it. Keep learning. Don’t worry about failure. When you get knocked down, get back up and move forward again and again.