Three and a half years ago, I started my podcast and according to a lot of people it was the stupidest idea I’d ever had. Because why would you offer so much value for free? And I’m not going to lie to you: I wasn’t allowing myself to fail at launching this podcast, because I postponed my launch twice. But then I wondered what the correlation between failing and growing could be, and I tried to allow myself to fail and to be afraid.
I was scared of no one listening to my podcast, and I was equally afraid of people listening and hating whatever I put out there. So, my fear of failure bested me and made me postpone my success.
Allow yourself to fail
Maybe you’re in a situation right now where you’re good at what you do, but you’re afraid of doing something new within that same realm. But I’d love for you to ask yourself: what’s the worst that can happen?
Will not doing the thing that you want to do hinder your future goals? Because I recently got back from Los Angeles and I recorded a podcast episode with Danielle Canty. If I had never started my podcast, I would have never gotten this opportunity.
If there’s one thing you should tell yourself in moments of doubt, it’d be: if you don't take the first steps, the next steps are never going to happen.
How’s your beginner’s mindset?
Getting too cocky is what I call the beginning of the end. You should always allow yourself to be a beginner, instead of thinking you’re incredibly advanced. Build something amazing because you’re good at it and then move on to the next thing you might suck at again.
For example: you might be an amazing writer but you’re afraid to go on your stories and talk to your audience because you’re afraid you’re bad at recording these videos. Well you're never going to get good at making videos if you don't start making them.
Once you lose your humbleness, you might think you don’t have to put in the work anymore. And I’m not saying that means you stop working hard, it means you stop learning new things and evolving as an entrepreneur, a leader or a human being.
Never stop learning
The greats in the world don’t shy away from learning new things. They are never afraid to get their hands dirty. They're never afraid to start fresh or to fail.
And failing is the true key to success, because how else can you grow? You cannot win without failing, experimentation is part of succeeding.
So, to conclude: what do you want to win at? And maybe even more important; what do you need to allow yourself to fail at in order to get there?
If your win is big enough, you're going to be able to allow yourself to fail. However, when your win isn’t big enough, it’ll be extra challenging to come out of your comfort zone.
If there’s one thing you need to take away from this article, it’s this: failure is normal and it’s a good thing, even though it might not feel like it.
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