The fear of failure hasn't been too much of an obstacle for me. In fact, after you fail a few times, you'll discover that failing is easy. And if you're not careful, you may mistake failure with progress.
Yes, most successful people have failed a lot. Hence the saying, "Fail fast and fail often."
While I agree with the idea of getting your failures out of the way quickly, I don't agree with failure as a substitute for success.
In fact, as I have built my copywriting career, I've discovered another fear: the fear of success.
You see, there's this question that pops up whenever you seek to grow... to be more... and do more than you ever have before. That question is: "What happens if it works?"
The answers to this question are often scary. Because you're going to have to CHANGE. You can't go on doing the same things you've always done. You have to do more and do better.
I don't have much practical advice for how you overcome the fear of success, except to simply take action. Commit yourself to something, then figure out how you're going to make it happen.
Even better, commit yourself to action... and block off all the exits. It seems a universal rule that those who achieve the highest levels of success "burn their ships."
- Failure is the easy way out. Anybody can be a failure.
- Success requires courage, perseverance, and consistent action.
- Just take action. Better to have tried and failed than to have done nothing at all.