How NOT to Fail
We all grew up "failing"...
We failed when we tried to make the first steps. We failed when we tried to pronounce new words. We failed when we tried to use the fork for the first time.
Yet, here we are. We are running, sometimes talking too much and using the fork to eat, maybe, too fast.
Back then, these were the challenges we had to face and being scared of the challenge wasn't really an option. What did we suppose to do? Never walk for fear of falling? Or never talk for fear of mispronouncing?
And we are alive because we took risks...
Still, now we grow roots in our comfort zone for fear of failure. We stop evolving and stop building better, more fulfilling lives, for fear of failure. What if I do not succeed? How will I look like in the eyes of others? We take risks and we are bold while we grow up. We take risks and build careers, families, homes and a comfort zone. And we settle. For fear of losing it all, for fear of being compared and showing weakness, for fear of failure, we stop evolving... sometimes, we stop living a moving forward life.
When humans used to hunt for food, they knew that the bore is dangerous. But they did gather, came up with a strategy, made sure that they avoided their death as much as possible and off they went, and here we are now, hundreds of years later. They took Calculated Risks.
A calculated risk comes with a safety net
When you find a reason to take a risk, when you find the burning WHY that makes the journey worth it, when you are capable of seeing how your life will look like after you step into the unknown, then you will never experience failure. You will learn lessons, and each lesson teaches you which path not to take, reduces the number of things that threaten your goal and gives you the knowledge needed to see through your plan.
Questions to consider when making a calculated risk:
- what is the best case scenario?
- how will my life be different if I will successfully reach my goal and take this risk?
- what is the worst case scenario?
- how probable is for the worst case scenario to happen?
- what can I do to reduce the chances of the worst case scenario from happening?
- if the worst case scenario do happens, what does it mean for me? (financially, socially, etc)
- am I able to get back on track if the worst case scenario were to happen? Who's help can be useful and I can count on?- The safety net.
How do you call a person who tried and learnt lessons? Who fell and got back on track, stronger and more determined? A wise man.
Failure is not a disaster. Failure is the mother of Wisdom.