Don’t you hate it when somebody makes a statement that just cuts right to the core? The quote “Some people fear failure. I think you fear success.” was actually a text message in a thread from my buddy, Jeff Dunn, and myself on April 20, 2011. As soon as I saw Jeff’s text, I immediately asked if I could use it. It must be it hit so close to home with me. As with most quotes, this one is applies to me part of the time. I respectfully disagree with Jeff in the context of the conversation thread, but there have been situations which I think I probably resemble that remark.
As I think about Jeff’s text, I think we all fear failure. Before we go too far, we should probably get a definition for failure. Wikipedia defines failure as “Failure refers to the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success.”
A couple of things jump out at me when I look at the Wikipedia definition.
- You have to intend to do something to be a failure or
- You have to have an outcome that is not desirable.
With all the negative connations of failure, I would suggest failure is not a bad thing. Here’s why:
- To fail you have to take action intending for a specific result.
- If you don’t take action, you can’t technically fail.
So, if you never try, you have not failed. IMO, not trying is worse than failing. Jeff, in this case, not doing anything is worse than failure.
Thanks for coming in today.