Freedom to Fail, Freedom to Succeed

by Bill Mansell on June 6, 2010 | One Minute Motivators

This week, in thousands of locations throughout the USA, we will celebrate freedom. At these celebrations, we typically focus on political freedoms: freedom of speech and religion, freedom of the press, and so on. But, today I want to talk about the freedom to fail. What? Who would ever want to celebrate the freedom to fail? You and I should–because without the freedom to fail, we do not have the freedom to achieve real success.

Take away a child’s ability to fall down and she will never learn to walk. Shield a teenager from consequences and he will never learn to take responsibility. Remove the risk of striking out in baseball, and that athlete will never hit a home run. Eliminate the risk of business failure or lay-offs, and you have removed the opportunity to excel.

It’s normal to want to avoid failure. But, the fear of failure is the number one cause of procrastination and inaction, both of which rob us of opportunity. Action, even action that results in failure, takes us that much closer to success. But, paralyzed inaction takes us nowhere.

Michael Jordan said it this way:

“I have missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games.  On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot . . . and missed! I have failed over and over and over again in my life — and that is precisely why I succeed.”

Success and failure are two sides of a coin; you must have one to possess the other. It is the failures that make the successes possible.

Success Tip: Next time you stumble and fall along the journey of life, congratulate yourself because you just moved a little closer to your future success. The only time you make no progress is when you do nothing. Make sure that you risk enough to succeed because the old saying is true: The road to success is paved with failure.

Bill Mansell is president of MindPerk, Inc., one of the web's largest resources for self improvement and business training. A dynamic speaker and success coach, Bill is the author of a weekly blog titled, One Minute Motivators. Bill helps companies and organizations inspire and motivate their team members to consistently achieve more. His contagious enthusiasm has helped people from all walks of life to reach and exceed their goals.

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Nicole Gremmel June 30, 2010

Perfect way to state this. Too many people are held back in life because “someone will think of them as a failure”. If we could only get this point through to so many more – imagine the success we would have & create!


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