Facing Our Fears

Turn counter-clockwise to off.

Turn counter-clockwise to off.

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.

2 thoughts on “Facing Our Fears

  1. Failure happens. Ted Williams failed nearly 60% of the time when he batted .400. It’s the next up, and getting to that next up, that matters.

    BTW, I believe that turning the valve counter-clockwise will open the valve fully. Turn clockwise to off. Unless your intention is to let all the fear out and empty the tank, then turn counter-clockwise.

  2. LP,

    I had trouble with my visual at 6:00 am on the valve and which way to turn it. I like your idea of “draining the tank” of any fear.

    Long live Teddy Ballgame and his .406 in 1941! He was 22-years-old; imagine that?

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