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Is the Fear of Failure Holding You Back from Achieving Fuller Success?
Nobody enjoys failing, but you may be letting a fear of failure sabotage your chances for success.
At Lights On Business, we provide a great deal of ongoing, mindset support for our tribe to build their success momentum and grow a business that they love. A key in this, is to discover your unique, Flame of Genius. Hope you can attend our FREE webinar this Wednesday, August 18!
Some people are so afraid to fail that they refuse to try. However, failing to try is the only true failure. If you try something and fail, try again. Eventually you'll succeed.
Without trying, your chances of success are 0%.
There are countless stories of historical figures that failed time and time again, but didn't give up. Perseverance led them to success.
Consider these stories about people who simply wouldn't quit:
At age 57, she was bouncing checks.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
At 57, she had not yet published a book.
“What I feared most for myself at your age was not poverty but failure... a mere seven years after my graduation day I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded and I was jobless, a lone parent and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless. By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew." She went on to create the wildly popular Harry Potter series which re-engendered an interest in reading in a generation of young people.
Louisa May Alcott
Many people are familiar with Alcott’s most famous work, Little Women. They may not know that Alcott faced a bit of a battle to get her work into the public sphere. She was actually encouraged to find work as a servant by her family to make ends meet. It was her letters back home during her experience as a nurse in the Civil War that gave her the first big break she needed.
She got so tired of rejection that she came “as close as it gets to quitting”. Then she finally landed the title role of Wonder Woman!
We remember that Ball had had thirteen Emmy nominations and four wins, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center and recognition as an early pioneer in TV production.
Before starring in I Love Lucy, Ball was widely regarded as a failed actress and a B movie star. Even her drama instructors didn’t feel she could make it, telling her to try another profession.
She went ontol became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions, which produced many popular television series, including Mission: Impossible and Star Trek and the ground breaking I Love Lucy series.
Oprah was actually fired from an early co-anchor position she held. The producer basically said she wasn't TV material. She went on to create and host her own immensely successful show, in fact, "the highest rated TV program of its kind in TV history".
If you're letting a fear of failure hold you back from accomplishing your dreams, think about all these examples. How different would things have been if they had quit?
If these individuals had been afraid to fail, they wouldn't have gone on to achieve the incredible success they enjoyed. Successful people embrace failure because they realize that there is no such thing as success without it.