Playa, play on!
Baseball players still step up to the plate, even if they know there is a possibility of striking out. Basketball players still shoot that shot, even if they know they might miss. Quarterbacks still throw the ball, even if they know that somebody could intercept. Failure is always a possibility, but it shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love and it should never stop you from trying to achieve your dreams and trying to succeed in your goals.
Fear is a real deterrent when it comes to starting a business. There are so many things that make you second guess starting a business. There are a million unanswered questions and a billion “what if scenarios” and of course, there is always the chance that you will spend tons of money and time and you will still fail. You consider the chance that you actually lose money with this endeavor and that knocks you back down into humility. What if I don’t make money? What if I don’t actually succeed? You are scared. You are nervous about creating an online presence, getting subscribers, getting clients, keeping your clients interested, you know you are too small at first to hire people and so you know you are a one man (or woman) show. You are going to have to do email marketing, social media marketing, advertising, product development, web development all by yourself and you freak out! You just can’t do it all! So you are afraid? Well, then just don’t do it! Keep on doing what you are doing. Stay in you 9-5 job, take home your mediocre pay check, live month to month and never fulfill your dreams. Yes, I am trying to do reverse psychology!
So, let’s pretend that you never embrace the fear and you never try to fulfill your dream. In ten years from now are you going to be wondering, what if? What if you would have gone out on the ledge and took a chance? I never want to live life with, “what if?” And I don’t want you to either.
What if Steve Jobs would have decided to do a simple 9-5 career? What if Thomas Edison would have considered all of his failures to be his destiny, so he decided to give up on trying to invent the light bulb? What if Michael Jordan would have quit basketball when he didn’t make his high school basketball team? I think you get my point!
Don’t be afraid to fail! Failure is a part of the process and you have to trust the process. You will fail all of the time. You will fail many times before you succeed. Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid to give up! Too many people are afraid that they aren’t going to succeed and so they decide to not even try. They spend their entire life being afraid of jumping into their dream and so they end of doing nothing.
Consider failure as a learning experience rather then something that is attached to your self-worth. Failure doesn’t make you any less of a person. Failure is not final, unless you don’t get your ass back up and push past the pain.