What's Up Buttercup?
What's Up Buttercup?
We don’t like 😝
We do just about everything we can to avoid it.
Our VOD (Voice of Doubt) beats us over the head with the idea of it.
How did all of this resistance and fear of failure come to pass?
I have no fucking clue 🤔
What I do know is that failure is important.
Don’t believe me?
Think about it.
If you didn’t embrace failure at some point in your life, you wouldn’t be walking or talking or just about anything you learned how to do as a toddler 😂
Toddler’s lives are filled with failures AND successes.
I’m currently reading (OK I’m listening to it on Audible) Scott Adam’s book “How to Fail at Just About Everything and Still Win Big” and he actually points out that Success’s favorite place to hide out is in lots and lots of Failure 😳
Still not convinced?
Ever heard of X Development? From 2010 to 2015 it was known as Google X or maybe even as The Google Project. It is a subsidiary company where some of the best and brightest minds are recruited and paid and rewarded for failing.
Sign me up!
Aside from Meteorologists, I don’t know anyone who gets paid directly for failure, except the folks at X.
See what the folks at Google (and now the folks at whatever company currently owns this X Development) know is that Innovation cannot happen unless the Innovators are willing to fail 😬
Yep, these folks are learning how to tackle big deal projects in a whole new and different way than what our societies and cultures tell us is OK. They are learning how to jump right in to the hardest parts and then figure out next steps based on their failures rather than their immediate successes.
OK, this is not really a new idea. We all know the story of Thomas Edison failing a bazillion (yes, that is an exaggeration) times before he figured out the light bulb and that J.K. Rowling was turned down a bazillion (yep, another exaggeration because I’m not going to take up my precious time to look up the actual details) times on her draft of Harry Potter.
My question is this: “If we know this about failure, then why are we still so fucking sensitive about it?” 😫
For those of us prone to Anxiety and a loud VOD, we have to work more diligently at recognizing that while we may not like how shit like fear of failure triggers our flight or fight (or freeze) response, it’s time to deal with it.
Time to be willing to be uncomfortable. Time to even Fail something on Purpose (GASP 😲) so that we can prove to ourselves that it is not life or death, just merely uncomfortable.
What are you holding yourself back from because you are avoiding the idea of failure?
What will it take for you to take one uncomfortable step forward?
Those are not rhetorical questions, I actually want to know.
Drop your answer in the comments or email me firstname.lastname@example.org