It’s Okay to Fail

January 28, 2014 — 5 Comments
Background Photo Credit: Behrooz Nobakht via photopin cc

Background Photo Credit: Behrooz Nobakht via photopin cc

In case no one has ever given you the permission:

It’s okay to fail.

It’s okay to try something new and have it fall flat on it’s face.
It’s okay to start that new business and have it go belly up.
It’s okay to approach that girl or guy and have them say no.
It’s okay to try your hand at leading and have it fall apart.

Failing isn’t the end of the world.

Oh, failing will be hard. You will feel about an inch tall. You may have to work on restoring relationships, trust, and reputation.

But that’s okay.

Think about that for a minute. It’s okay to fail. Because in the failing, we learn a lot.

We learn what didn’t work, and get closer to what does work.
We learn how not to lead, and get closer to the best ways to lead.
We learn what not to do, and get closer to what to do.

But most importantly, we learn our true motivations and who we really are — and have the opportunity to grow.

So I say go for it.

Start the new business, take the new opportunity, do something you’ve wanted to do but been too afraid to do.

You might fail.
You might succeed.

But even if you do fail, you’re one step closer to discovering the path of success.

It’s okay to fail.
Your dream depends on it.

Question: How would your life be different if you weren’t afraid to fail?

Jason Vana

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Jason is an imaginative leader with a heart to ignite younger generations to impact the world for Christ. He currently lives in Monmouth, Illinois, and oversees Ignite Student Ministries - a dynamic ministry to ignite youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform society in high schools, work places and universities around the world.
  • April

    So very true. Thanks for reminding us! :)

    • Jason Vana

      You’re welcome!

  • ThatGuyKC

    Good reminder, Jason.

    I don’t really fear failure. I fear missing out and the Resistance takes it’s form as distraction and fragmented focus.

    When I’m “in the zone” the amount of quality/quantity stuff that gets done is surprising. It’s finding that sweet spot and denying distraction that’s my challenge.

    • Jason Vana

      Distractions are always…distracting. I’ve learned to turn off certain notifications and browser windows when I need to get stuff done. It helps me stay focused when my computer, iPad, or phone aren’t constantly beeping at me.

  • Loren Pinilis

    This is something I really struggle with. I’ve found that, for me, a lot of procrastination is really due to a fear of failure. It’s been a tough road to get over it.