Get Past Your Fear of Failure and Take Action!
Get past your fear and take action by learning what fear is not and the benefits of failure on your journey towards success!
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“I need people to start doing these activities so that we can, you know, we can kind of find out where they’re at what’s working, what’s not working, and we can start adjusting from that.”
However, in order to get past through this, you need to forge a fearless attitude towards life. Our content won’t help you, if you, yourselves, are afraid to take action.
FEAR AND FAILURE
1. Failure is not avoidable.
If you don’t feel fear in your activities, then you’re not being bold and with that you won’t grow and you won’t develop.
There will always be fear of what will happen next, but you can’t avoid it, you just have to do it.
“As long as you’re attempting new things, you’re gonna make mistakes.”
2. Failure is not an event.
In the game Zelda, in order to get to the next level, you have to find a key to the door by finding hints and clues.
That’s also the same with reaching your goal, you will never stay in the same area. When you want to grow, you need to learn the rules and move to the next level.
3. Failure is not the enemy.
Most people try to avoid failure like the plague. However, it takes adversity to create success.
For instance, we look up to the success of the Ferrari car inventor, Enzo Ferrari, but we don’t even know that for him to reach success, he had to face several charges (which was later acquitted) because some of his previous car crashed and killed its drivers and spectators.
4. Failure is not irreversible.
In a quote by Mark Cuban, he says, “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.”
This is a fact because most people don’t even bother to ask about what a person went through just to get that success.
“That’s the same thing that happened to me is that, you know, no one, I haven’t, no one person to say, ‘Eric, let me, can you tell me about some of your failures and some of your mistakes?’ You guys don’t realize that a few years ago that I almost went bankrupt, I mean I made a video about it but no one even watches it.”
5. Failure is not a stigma.
When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers and played for the Miami Heat, people went crazy. However, when the Heat won, suddenly he’s King James.
“There was obviously the stigma that was placed upon LeBron James, but is now gone, right, so there’s no stigma with failure.”
6. Failure is not final.
People think that failure is final, it’s not. The only time that failure’s final is when you quit.
As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that it won’t work.”
BENEFITS OF FAILURE
We’re all social creatures, so it’s natural for us to conform to the people and norms around us, but underneath we also have that fear to follow our own path no matter what people think of us.
The fearless types are able to conquer this fear and they fascinate us. We secretly admire and respect them and we wish we could act more like they do.
“I really believe that we can build an army of really good contractors out there.”
However, we believe that we, regular people, can achieve this. And to emphasize our point, we will use Helen Keller’s lessons:
1. You will learn lessons.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
2. You will develop boldness, courage, and strength.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul will be strengthened ambition inspired and success.
3. Your experiences will open you up to new possibilities.
No pessimists ever discover the secrets of the stars or sail to uncharted land or open a new heaven to the human spirit.
4. You move closer to your purpose.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks if they were great and noble.
GET PAST YOUR FEAR
1. Choose what you won’t regret.
In an interview with Jeff Bezos wherein his brother asked him why he quit his job as an engineer and started Amazon, he answered that he decided to project his life out at 80 years old, and then he would take the path that produced the minimum amount of regrets.
Think about that. Project your life at that age and think of activities that will help you create the minimum amount of regrets.
“You’re not gonna regret not going to work and quitting that job… What you’re gonna regret is not seeing all that you can be and being able to go after these contracts, making that phone call to the contracting officer, not having gave in that presentation, not having try to put in a bid for that particular contract— The additional effort, those are the things that you’re gonna regret.”
2. Work on the things that others won’t.
This marketplace is tough, but that only means that the people who could get through these barriers are the only ones who will succeed.
So, instead of doing those little contracts that you see on FedBizOpps or other contracting databases, why not focus on market research and building relationships with your target clients?
The truth is only only 55% of contracts are on these databases, some of these contracts are directly given to the incumbent contractors that have been working with these agencies for years already.
“When it’s difficult, it makes it better for the people who were serious and the people who really have a hunger for this, and people who really want it, and I’m hoping that you, the people that are listening me today and taking the time out to be on this channel are the ones that are serious and the one that really want it because those are the people who I want to spend my attention with, and my time on, and invest in them, and help them get to a level where I’m at. Those are the people that I want to work with.”
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