If You Couldn’t Fail?


“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

This question was discussed in class I once took for sales professionals.  Since then, I often use this question when talking with people that clearly limit themselves.

Fear is one of the great motivators and obstacles.  For most people, it limits not only their success but even what they attempt.

“What if I fail?”

Okay, what if you fail.  So.  Most highly successful people fail often.  But what helps make them successful is they don’t let that stop them from trying again.  Babe Ruth was a home run king… and a strike out leader.  Michael Jordan took numerous game-winning shots that missed.  Abraham Lincoln lost most of his elections.  Toddlers fall down repeatedly as they learn to walk.

Fear extends into communication too.  A majority of people list public speaking as one of their top fears.  These are people that have no problem talking, just not to a group.  Why?  Fear of some type of failure.  Yet when have you heard of someone dying or becoming disabled just from speaking to a group?

Even people that understand it is their own fear that limits them often accept this a fact they cannot change.  They embrace the fear as an excuse to not try as if it was irrefutable fact.  But I say that is being emotionally lazy and self defeating.

Fear exists for many good reasons and helps us preserve  ourselves.  It can keep us from real danger.  But learn to distinguish the real dangers and find success where others unrealistically fear to go.

Granted, trying alone won’t ensure success.  It does take more than just showing up.  You have to learn, adapt and grow as you try.  But remember, not trying will ensure you don’t succeed. 

So, what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?   Is fear all that is stopping you?   I hope not.



About the Author

Glenn S. Phillips works with leaders who want to leverage technology and understand risks within. An author and blogger, Glenn is often quoted in national media, plays a really ugly tuba (it even has a bullet hole) and is a fan of dark chocolate and great puns.