Episode 88: The Fear of Failure

Listen Now
RSS: Subscribe
RSS: iTunes


“Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn’t enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it... Body mind masters have made peace with failure, treating it like an old friend playing a practical joke. The greatest inventors, artists, and athletes have all failed many times. Babe Ruth was the home run king of his time, but also the strikeout king.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

Related Links:

Transcript

The Fear of Failure

“Ultimately, fear of failure generates a vicious circle that creates what is most feared. To break this cycle, you need to make peace with failure. It isn’t enough to merely tolerate it; you need to appreciate the failure and use it... Body mind masters have made peace with failure, treating it like an old friend playing a practical joke. The greatest inventors, artists, and athletes have all failed many times. Babe Ruth was the home run king of his time, but also the strikeout king.” ~ Dan Millman from Body Mind Mastery

Ah, the fear of failure.

Here’s what Michael Jordan, one of the greatest athletes *ever* has to say about failure: “I’ve missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” (That’s from a Nike commercial. It’s strong. Check it here.)

Robert F. Kennedy tells us that: “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

And David Viscott tells us that: “In the end, the only people who fail are those who don’t try.”

What’s YOUR relationship to “failure”?!? Have you made peace with it and gone so far as to see it as a necessary part of doing anything, let alone achieving greatness? Sweet. :)