Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Don't be afraid of Failure, be afraid of Complacency.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.-Theodore Roosevelt

I'm not afraid of failure, I'm afraid of complacency. Wouldn't it be terrible to come to the end of your life and think "I didn't take any risk and lived the safest life possible. I didn't accomplish much, but hey, at least I never felt the taste of defeat." 

I'm not going to lie, there have been moments in my life where I have been among the 'poor spirits' that Theodore Roosevelt spoke of. But I'm also a dreamer, and if dreamers do not take risks somewhere down the line, then we are doomed to a mundane life filled with musings over what could have been. 

I am not saying go do crazy and foolish things simply for the sake of risk taking. What I am saying is do not let the fear of failure keep you from reaching your full potential. There is always a chance of failure when attempting to do anything worthwhile. When defeat knocks you flat on your face, clench your fists, grit your teeth and stand up. Look failure in the eye and yell; 'I'm not done yet!' Then charge back into the fray.

What's the fear of failure holding you back from? What dreams are being kept from becoming a reality? What are the things you wish to protect and shield but turn a blind eye because you might look bad? It's my hope that each day we will take a step forward in combating the fear of failure. Each failure will make you a little bit stronger and a little bit wiser...if you let it. Failure is not an obstacle to success, it is merely a rite of passage that all men and women must face on the road to accomplishing something extraordinary.

As always, check out my newly released novel!-  http://www.amazon.com/Memoir-Earth-saving-Pillars-Universe/dp/1484177169/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367971554&sr=8-1&keywords=Memoir+of+Earth

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