Not sure where I came across this, but I thought it was great. Read and think about it …
What word in the English language scares us the most?
Death? – No
Cancer? – No
Terrorism? – No
The word we fear the most is: failure.
WHY ARE WE SO SCARED OF FAILURE?
Because failure means rejection. It means weakling. It means second class. It means useless person. Right? WRONG! Failure doesn’t mean any of these stupid things.
THE TRUTH IS: FAILURE IS ESSENTIAL.
Without failure, very few scientists would achieve anything. Without failure, most of our famous actors or pop stars would be nobodies. Without failure, many of our richest entrepreneurs would be broke. For example, according to a recent survey, more than 50% of the richest businessmen in Europe & America were failures at school. And almost 30% have suffered bankruptcy on their way to the top!
WHY IS FAILURE SO VALUABLE?
Because failure is the No 1 learning method. We fail. We learn. We do better. For example, if you watch a child doing a jigsaw puzzle, you won’t see him slot everything in correctly, first time, will you? Of course not. He’ll make mistakes. He’ll try this piece, then that piece, then another and another, until he gets it right. Well it’s the same for us adults when we do something. We need to make mistakes before getting it right. See what I mean? Failure isn’t a bad thing: on the contrary, providing we learn from it, it’s actually very beneficial.
FEAR OF FAILURE MAKES US FAIL AGAIN AND AGAIN
Fear of failure stops us from succeeding. Why? Because it paralyzes us! We become afraid to take risks. We become afraid to commit ourselves. But unless we take the occasional risk – unless we commit ourselves to something – we will never succeed at ANYTHING!
Failure is not the terrible thing we think it is. In fact, by helping us to learn, it can be extremely beneficial. But fear of failure paralyzes us and stops us achieving anything.
In other words: QUIT WORRYING ABOUT FAILING!!