The Fear of Failure

1/14/2015

The fear of failure is the most insidious dream-killer. It’s a crippling anxiety that prevents us from taking our first steps into creativity.

It took me 13 months to create this simple post. Every writing attempt confirmed my failure as an essayist.

For a while, I stopped trying. I was too afraid to make bad content. My writing aspirations got in the way of my writing! All because I didn’t want to face the fact that I’m a terrible essayist. So what changed?

I embraced failure. I stopped worrying and got messy. Avoiding failure assures failure. Something about ‘missing 100% of the shots you don’t make’ comes to mind.

Quixotic projects defeat many artists before they even start. Let go of perfection. Stop worrying about excellence. Don’t even do ‘good enough’. Stop setting the bar. ...