I’ve gotten in the habit of sending out an email on Wednesday morning to my writing students; it’s a recap from the previous night’s class, and it also offers encouragement for the coming week of pushing their book project forward. Here’s a bit of today’s.
Remember; “failure” is something that is out in the future. It may happen; it may not. Better, failure is a mere stepping stone to success.
Again, it’s what Seth Godin harps on, urging you to move beyond it. His orientation is different and offers a different perspective than Brande’s.
Godin says that we should embrace fear and realize that to succeed, you have to first fail; sometimes that failure is epic. But you learn from the process. Being risk-averse might have worked when we were being stalked by wild animals, but now, it’s a detriment. The 21st century road map for success is, fail, fail, succeed, fail, succeed, fail, succeed, succeed…. Count me in the Godin camp on this one.