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Don’t Be Afraid to Fail Because Fortune Favors the Brave

Had Fred Smith ignored this advice we would not have had Federal Express. While in College at Yale Smith wrote a paper on the idea of delivering mail overnight for which he received a C+ with the note, “Not a bad idea, but no one will ever pay $11.00 to deliver a letter.”

Had Sylvester Stallone relented to the studios and accepted $50,000 and agreed to allow Ryan O’Neil to star in the script he wrote instead for himself, we never would have had the blockbuster Rocky.

Had Thomas Edison looked at the world like most of his contemporaries who knows how long we would have continued to read by candlelight. While working his invention of a garage battery a newspaper man had come to interview the great inventor. By Edison’s own estimation he had tried over 1000 different ways to get the battery to work. The reporter asked, “How does it feel to have fail over 1000 times?” to which Edison responded, “I didn’t fail over 1000 times, I just figured out 1000 ways it didn’t work.”

The list goes on and on. There is not a single successful person who has never failed. In fact, I suspect most successful people have failed many more time than they have succeeded. For decades Babe Ruth was the homerun king of baseball, hitting 714 over the span of his career. Did you know he also struck out 1330 times?

If we play it safe we will always get vanilla, play it safe results. We must be ready to make our move before we are ready. When we have the courage to take that leap of faith our nets will appear. We must trust ourselves.

If you are not a risk taker and want to start stepping outside of your comfort zone, start small. Think of it like dipping your toe in the cold water. You gently wade in, going deeper and deeper as your body gets more and more acclimated to the temperature. It’s the same with stepping outside of your comfort zone. A little bit at a time.

I remember my own challenges with stepping outside my comfort zone. The biggest one being my move from New Jersey to California.

I was 31 years old and had never really lived beyond the security zone of my loving parents and close knit, eight brother and sisters. I was determined to go-for-it, so I moved to Los Angeles, not knowing a soul. At times it was ugly. Like watching hot dogs being made. But, I stuck it out.

And boy am I glad I did. Had I given up I never would have met my wife we never would have had the three beautiful children we have.

Had I not moved, I think my biggest regret would have been that I would have lived all my adult life on pretty much the same block I grew up on. I would have missed out on so much had I stayed inside my comfort zone.

As Tony Robbins aptly says, “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.”

Where does your ‘s end? What’s your next move?

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