Friday, March 23, 2012

Dauntless

You know what I’ve discovered in all my thoughts about success and failure? Both require a large amount of bravery. Serious bravery. Because in order to succeed, you have to be willing to also fail. In order to fail, you have to be trying to succeed. (Unless you get into something deliberately planning to fail, but seriously, who does that?)

Whichever way you look at it, the only difference between the two is the end result and how we react to it.

Every success story is told with an interesting sequence of failure-type events which drove the story forward. They’re probably the most thought provoking, interesting stories you’ll ever hear, because they tell about how one person set out to succeed and FAILED, then failed again, and then a few more times, before finally reaching a level of success. And then they probably failed a few more times before making it to the top. If they ever made it to the top. Maybe they made it to a completely different location and decided that was where they should have been going all along. You never know. The point is they made it somewhere great. Somewhere AMAZING.

That’s how success goes. It’s how every game is won. It’s how every plot is driven. It’s what keeps us pushing on and shooting forward with a mad desire to get to the other side.

I am not afraid to fail. (Say it with me.) I AM NOT AFRAID TO FAIL.

But I’ll tell you what I am afraid of. I am terrified of never reaching my arms out and trying to pull myself higher. Because that is when I’ll realize how many times I’ve fallen down. No one wants to have to face that.

I am not afraid. I am NOT AFRAID. I AM NOT AFRAID! I. Am. Dauntless.

The question is, are you?

7 comments:

Carolyn V said...

Failure is...just scary! But I really believe that if we keep trying it will one day happen. *fingers double crossed* It will happen. ;)

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome post! I'm ready to take on the world now! :)

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm not afraid to fail! (I am a little afraid to succeed.) But I'm either too stupid to know when to quit or too determined not to. ;P

Nichole Giles said...

Ladies, we're out for world domination, yes? I want you on my team. Anyone else want in?

J.R. Johansson said...

How convenient! World Domination was on my list of things to do to day. And getting a team together to do it with was right above that. Perfect! ;-)

Love this, Nichole. :)

I AM NOT AFRAID TO FAIL!

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