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Don’t Fear Failure

March 20, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

I recently gave a speech, and someone in the audience asked me about failure. It was funny; it gave me a second to reflect. After stopping and admitting to the audience that I was a failure (I’ve failed a lot in life and I’ve messed a lot of things up). Sometimes I wonder if I failed more than I succeeded. Currently, success has come to me but not at the cost of a lot of failures, not at the cost of doing a lot of things wrong and having to reinvent myself constantly and do things better. Failure has become part of me; I’m used to it. In any given week, I fail numerous times, but I also succeed because I’m pushing myself to that brink of greatness.

How do you deal with failure? Don’t be afraid of it. Embrace it as part of your process. Learn it, be more of who you are. Do that. If you don’t fear failure, if you make failure part of who you are, as part of your learning process, you’re going to be more. You’re going to be more powerful. You’re going to do more.

What’s been your experience? How do you deal with failure? How do you make sure you are on top of your game? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your experience with challenging yourself in success and failure.

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