The world is full of people who haven't failed, and
they haven't done so because they've never really tried
anything risky, anything out of the ordinary.
Sometimes they don't try because of their fear, sometimes
they don't try because someone else tells them that what
they want to do can't be done, and sometimes they don't
try because they're just too busy with other things.
No matter what the reasons for not trying, though, they'll
have to live with the fact that they'll never know if they
could have done something or not because they never ever
I've failed a lot. I've made tons of mistakes.
But I always tell myself that even though I haven't been
successful at something, I have at least made the effort,
and in doing so I've learned a lot about myself and things
that I want to do. I've disappointed myself and
others many times, but each time I simply move on. I
take the lessons with me, and I leave behind the negative
aspects of what I did or didn't do.
Often our major motivation is not to look silly in the
eyes of others, not to disappoint other people. But
when we realize that those things can and do happen, it
frees us up to take more chances, to stretch our limits,
to try to take on more challenges instead of sticking with
the safe stuff that we know we already can do.
One of the more interesting things that I've found about
life is that the times when I've thought that I've most
strongly disappointed others, they actually are more
impressed with the fact that I've made a strong effort or
taken a huge risk than they are disappointed that things
didn't turn out the way I thought they should. And
when I keep that in mind--the fact that people tend to be
very understanding--it makes me much more likely to risk
disappointing them again in order to try something new or
different or difficult.