Do you stop yourself because you are afraid to fail?
Watch this video to hear Brene Brown’s inspiring take on taking a leap of faith and the failure that is possible. It’s my new mantra.
I was just listening to a great conversation on the podcast “Magic Lessons” between Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic- Creative Living Beyond Fear and her guest Brene Brown, famous for her research, books and Ted Talks on shame.
They talk about vulnerability and courage- both qualities that are critical for bouncing back from failure. When they discuss “taking the leap of faith” Brene said:
“I don't leap or jump for the landing. I leap for the experience in the air. Because you can not predict the landing. When you get to the place where standing on the edge is more painful than risking a failure, then you owe it to yourself and the world to leap.”
They agreed they want to edit the phrase “what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail” and change it to “what is worth doing even if you fail!”
It doesn't mean failure isn't going to suck by the way- yes it will not feel good. But living a happier life isn't about always being happy. That's not in the human contract we signed up for.
Successful people, and I mean the ones who are living their dream jobs, will tell you they were more afraid to NOT live their dream than they were to fail. That's what it takes. So if you haven't gotten a few good failures on your resume yet, then you’ve got some failing to do. Look forward to it, welcome it, learn from it, then move on from it. Success is waiting for you on the other side.
In the words of Henry Ford “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more intelligently.” hopefully
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