We all face the fear of failure, but what do we really gain from staying the course or not stepping outside our comfort zone. Honestly, we all know we gain nothing.
I recently heard the phrase "Fail Forward" and it has since been stuck in my head as the perfect motto.
Here is the thing, if you don't ever fail then are you really pushing yourself to be your very best? Are you challenging yourself to make the tough decisions that could create new opportunities? Are you growing as a person?
Let me start by saying, I have failed more times than I chose to talk about, but I am so grateful for those experiences because without them I'd be sitting at a desk in NYC working for someone else.
My life since I started my own business has been about taking risks. Actually my entire life has been about accepting challenges that are outside of my comfort zone to see how far I can push myself.
- I chose to fail forward when my college guidance counselor told me I'd never get into Notre Dame.
- I chose to fail forward when my classmates told me not to take on a leadership role for a semester long Marketing project.
- I chose to fail forward when voices around me said I wouldn't get into a NYC law school....I decided not to go, but that's not the point.
- I chose to fail forward when I was told that I didn't have any experience to work in advertising in NYC.
- I chose to fail forward when I was told quitting my job was the worst idea for my career.
- I chose to fail forward when I people told me breaking into sports with no team experience was a waste of time.
- I chose to fail forward when I took my first startup client for a retainer of $1 in the hope that they would get funding. Yes, they got funding.
Can you imagine where any of us would be if you never took any risks in life or our career?
As I work with entrepreneurs each and every day I hear the constant fears that run through their heads as they make decisions to launch a business or not launch a business, create a product or not create a product. They obsess over the hard parts rather than excitement and the thrill of the hard parts.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -Thomas Edison
Here is the thing...it's ok to fail.
From failure we learn a new approach or create a whole new idea. Instead of being afraid of failure, be afraid of complacency and never moving forward.
Challenge Yourself and dare to FAIL FORWARD.