Success is Within You

by Michael on January 8, 2010 · 4 comments

First time he's ever played, honest. (Photo by jonrawlinson)

Week One of 2010 is over. How are your New Year’s resolutions coming? Have you even started working on them?

If not, I want you to read a couple of recent blog posts. The first is from Glen Allsopp, who runs a great blog called PluginID. The post is called Grasping This Concept Will Massively Impact Your Life. And its true.

The gist of the piece, to paraphrase, is that what we know as “success” is only one possible positive outcome of an interaction or task. What you learn and what you feel in the moment is perhaps the most important definition of “success.”

The second post is from Glen at LifeDev, entitled Authority Comes From Failure. His point is that anyone who is an expert at anything has a long history of failure. The world’s greatest acrobats started out with harnesses and nets — and needed them. World-class skiers have all wiped out before. Every NASCAR driver can talk about all of his crashes. The best pickup artists still get shot down by dozens of women.

Many of us have become “fail-obsessed.” Unsuccessful attempts are YouTubed and FailBlogged and held up for scrutiny—why try something hard when there’s a legion of folks out there more than willing to point out to us when we’ve failed? The truth is, the people who laugh the hardest when others fail are the same people who would rather not give it a shot themselves. When a great skateboarder watches a wipeout video, he feels empathy because he remembers his own wipeouts.

To fear rejection or failure is to fear life, because not only do we all fail, but most of those of us who succeed the most also fail the most. I’ve been over this territory before, but this is a good time to review, because a lot of us are getting started on some significant life changes, and it’s important that before you start playing the game, you tear up the scorecard.

Grasping This Concept Will Massively Impact Your Life [PluginID]

Authority Comes From Failure [LifeDev]

4 comments… read them below or add one

Glen Stansberry January 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Thanks so much for including my post Michael. I think you’re hitting the nail on the head when you said:

“The truth is, the people who laugh the hardest when others fail are the same people who would rather not give it a shot themselves. When a great skateboarder watches a wipeout video, he feels empathy because he remembers his own wipeouts.”

Spot on, my man. Spot. On.

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Michael January 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Glen. I’ve enjoyed your blog for some time now.

The most important thing anyone can do on the road to whatever they want in life is to get out there and try, and sometimes fail, and learn from those failures. A chorus of reinforcement can’t hurt.

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Walter January 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Thank you for sharing this powerful wisdom about failure. Most people are afraid of failure and so they never ever achieve something. Only the wise can understand the necessity of failure in achieving success. 🙂

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Michael January 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm

How true, Walter. Although the two Glens did the heavy lifting here, I’m happy to share it.

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