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Dinosaur roars and the fear of failure

If you ever feel like you don't know what you're doing, remember this. Someone created a sound for dinosaurs in Jurassic Park without ever hearing them. (And yes I know how they were made.)

But rarely did anyone watching the movie actually analyze or criticize the sounds.

However, when we are faced with a task that stretches our ability, too often we freeze.

“What if I fail?”

“What if I don’t know how to do this?”

“What if I can’t do this?”

To each of these, the answer is simple. “So what?” I faced a situation like this when I was in a public speaking competition. It looked as though I could fail, so I was hesitant to enter. I called a friend and mentor to ask what I should do, and I asked the above questions. Her response was a simple, “So what?”

How do you answer that?

I didn’t get a chance to answer, because she continued. “So what if you fail? So what if you can’t? So what if you don’t know what to do? You will never be able to succeed without taking the risk of failing.” She went on to paraphrase Zig Ziglar who said, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing poorly until you get it right.”

So often we get stuck on the phrase “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. That statement is 100% true, but it leaves out a step. When you try something new, you almost never do well on your first attempt. If you let fear of failing stop you, then you’ll either not make that first attempt, or you will do so with severe hesitation, making failure inevitable.

Here’s an uncomfortable fact. You will fail. And it’s okay. It seriously is okay. Failing does not make you a fraud or an impostor. It makes you human. Join the rest of us on this journey because almost none of us got it right the first time.

Take a chance. Plan A might fail. That’s okay. There are more letters.

In the meantime, check out Finding Your Personal Mission on Amazon at bit.ly/fypmbook today to help you overcome the obstacles you're facing, such as the fear of failure.


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