Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner

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Hey there!

Ever been involved in a relationship that just went on too long? Or a project you really should have scrapped sooner than you did?

Or even continued with a creative process to the end, only to be severely disappointed with the less-than-stellar results?

Want to change that in the future? On a consistent and regular basis? I’ve got some great advice for you in this episode.

Hope this helps!



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  1. I have lived my life in fear of failure. That word has such a powerfully negative connotation to me that I will hang onto something until the bitter end, ever hoping to make it succeed. I wish I had been formally introduced to the world of engineering at a much younger age. In that world, failure just means finding out that the current model doesn’t work (and usually comes with a revelation of why). This allows one to gain valuable experience much more quickly.

  2. I was definitely in a relationship that went on too long. I tried so hard to be the nice guy but I should have ended it much sooner. Thanks for the video David.

  3. I don’t think I fear failure as much as the unknown, and even success (I’m weird, I know) – but success changes things, and not always for the better, but that’s a whole ‘nuther kettle of fish. This is a good reminder for me to be present, and to know when to “cut bait” and when to keep fishing! Thanks David.

  4. This was great! Thank you, David. As a “recovering perfectionist” I keep this quote above my desk: “We learn to walk by falling, to talk by babbling, to shoot a basket by missing, and to color the inside of a square by scribbling outside the box. Those who intensely fear failing end up falling short of their potential. We either learn to fail or we fail to learn.” — Ben Tal Shahar

  5. Wow, Nance, that is a great quote. Thank you for sharing. David, this was a huge issue for me until recently. I built a show for a person 7 years ago all on my dime. I did it because I listened to them and trusted their words. They said they had this and that, financial backing and so on. For 7 years I held on to the sets, props, and characters hoping, trying, forcing it to work but it just never did. The show got great reviews and people liked it but it didn’t make any money. On some levels, it was a success, but the truth is It was a failure that I could have stopped much earlier had I just stopped and looked at the full picture. I didn’t play Chess I played Parcheesi. I threw caution to the wind. I finally sold and gave away most of the show items. It felt good. I gave myself a pat on the back for trying and for the things that came out well and put it to bed for good. I learned so much from the experience that I think in the end it was totally worth it. I won’t have that experience or anything like it again. I learned to value my abilities and to ask people to show me the money first. If I had moved through the process faster it would have been even better. That experience is already helping me with new projects so it was totally worth it.