Failing Your Way To Success

It’s that time again for planning the changes we want in our lives. That slow, reflective time of year when I relish the quiet of the dark early mornings and the chance to sit at my desk and think about life and business. My resolution this year is to risk more small losses in order to make larger gains. For example taking time out to write a book with my friend and colleague Jonathan Fine, taking some courses, spending time with people I normally would say no to and trying some new experiences.

The point is I don’t expect it all to go well. I anticipate that I will waste a few hours and some money, but in amongst the small disappointments I know that I might find some big wins, which could take me forward to bigger successes. Far too often, new ideas are turned down (by the readers of this update and even by our Breathe members) because of the fear of failure, without questioning whether the small price of failure is worth the risk in exchange for the possibility of uncovering greater success.

So for me, this year is not just about resolving to do things I know are going to work and benefit me, it’s about resolving to do things that may well fail in order to create the possibility of finding fun and success, by doing things outside of my comfort zone!

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