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The Ultimate Guide To Failing At Anything

Let’s face it – there are TONS of blog posts out there that tell you how to succeed.  The niche is pretty full.  We all have a pretty good idea about how to win.  Failure, on the other hand, doesn’t get a lot of attention.  Therefore, I thought I would discuss the absolute best method you can use to guarantee failure – in any endeavor!

Everyone knows the basic techniques for succeeding at failing – not trying hard, vague goals, negative mindset, etc.  While those certainly can derail a plan, they can’t hold a candle to the number one way…

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The absolute best way to ensure you won’t reach a goal is to not even try to reach it.  If you don’t try to learn a foreign language, you have a high percentage chance of not learning one.  Don’t want to accidentally win a writing contest – don’t enter.  Afraid of getting turned down for your dream job – don’t apply.

It seems so simple, but it is often overlooked.  People can’t understand why they are not able to reach their goals, yet they haven’t even started down the road.  How does the saying go – “The longest journey begins with a single step” or something like that?  Worried you won’t reach the end of your journey?  Just don’t take the first step.

Now some will argue that by not even trying you ARE failing.  I guess you could make that argument.  But that’s the great thing about failing – if you are TRYING to fail and you fail -then you end up succeeding… right?  It is a win-win proposition.

So next time you have a chance to either participate in a tough challenge or stand on the sidelines and be a critic, make the smart move and be the critic.  But don’t take my word for it.  Teddy Roosevelt said it best back in 1910, during a speech at the Sorbonne in Paris:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

So what is YOUR next goal?

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. I’ve got another way to fail: keep investigating the possibilities until you know absolutely everything about this to the point that you know exactly how things will turn out.

    Since that is an obvious impossibility, it guarantees that you will never be able to begin.

    K

  2. Love this.
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  3. As a child, I had an amazing stepfather who believed I could be anything I wanted to be, and do anything I wanted. Failure wasn’t an option as long as I tried. I’ve carried that with me always, and it is this that I try and instil in my stepdaughter, whose mother didn’t always offer the most positive advice.
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  4. You are soooooo right!!!!!! I took a big chance and participated in an event last year that I was so afraid of cuz I thought I might not make it and fail. I did it anyway and it was one of the biggest accomplishments of my adult life. Thanks for reminding us all of the importance of this.

  5. I agree, life isnt easy and its sometimes scary but if you never try then you can never fail or succeed but as you said you tried and you did something..

  6. Pam Butler says:

    I love this article! As an educator, this is what we struggle with in children. So often parents criticize and try to make children see the “reality” of something and discourage them from trying.

  7. Free time isn’t free. Trying taking the family to the Rangers this weekend!

  8. so ture!! that used t be id give up on writing essays i hadn’t even started nut now i put my head down for minimum 20mins and usually the essay just flows :D thanks for sharing

  9. I loved this writer’s twist …… “But that’s the great thing about failing – if you are TRYING to fail and you fail -then you end up succeeding… right? It is a win-win proposition.”

    I grew up with the saying “Not failure but low aim is a crime!”

  10. When one of my relatives said, “If I went back to college now, I’d be 53 when I finished,” his mother replied, “And how old will you be if you don’t go to college?”
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  11. As another saying goes, “you will absolutely miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.” I agree completely.

  12. Totally accurate – sometimes the first step is the scariest, but once you take that first step, it gets easier to take the next step, and the next. Good old Teddy Roosevelt – said some great things, as did Eleanor.
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