I’ve heard this before but put another way. The gist is if we never try anything new we will never know if we will succeed. It’s those who are willing to fail who become the successful ones.
Throughout my life, and especially in my adult life, I’ve tried many things and have failed many times. I’ve tried to do several business from home. I’ve wanted to do many different things. I’ve slowly learned what has worked for me and what hasn’t. However, if I hadn’t tried those things to begin with I’d have never learned what I’m good at and what’s really not for me.
The biggest thing that comes to mind is my writing. If I continued to believe what I had almost my entire life that I was no good at writing then I wouldn’t have ever started Mari’s website or her book, which in turn lead me to writing fiction. I would have never started to begin with. However, I decided to give something a try that I had no idea what I was doing. Did I have a long road ahead of me? Absolutely. Has everything I’ve written been perfect as I typed it out onto the page? Far from it. I’ve had to learn a lot and be willing to grown in my writing to become better. I’ve taken workshops. I’ve read several books on craft. I’m involved a critique group. I have critique partners. I have an accountability partner. I ask questions of those more experienced than I am. It try to continually learn and improve my craft to make it the best I can. Do I think I will ever have my writing down pat. Absolutely not. In fact, far from it. I know I will always need to be open to growing. It’s how we become better in the end by keeping an open mind.
So do I choose to fail? Yes, in that by choosing to fail up front that in the end I choose to succeed.