Even if it means failure

By Dave Henning / November 1, 2016

“When you’re doing something you really like, you won’t be afraid to experiment and give things a try even if it means failure.”- Tom Eggebrecht

Tom Eggebrecht writes in Chapter 3 (“Do What You Like”) of Fully and Creatively Alive that your passion about something makes others catch the fire as well.  Consequently, create something because you like it, has personal meaning, or affects your life.  Don’t do it because you think others will like it.

Therefore, doing something you really enjoy means taking experimental risks.  Yes, even if that risk results in failure.  In your creative pursuit, never fear failure, nor allow failure to derail you from your goal.

Consider the old saying “do what you love to do and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Does that saying apply here?  Hardly!  People doing what they like to do often work harder than perhaps ever before.

Yet, sustaining an audience on a daily basis necessitates consistency.  For example, blogging at irregular intervals leaves your readers guessing about the timing of your next post.  Writing on a daily basis increases the likelihood they’ll return.

Hence, Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York) expands on this need for consistency:

“You cannot give up too easily.  Doing what you like is a major step toward being able to overcome the naysayers and internal trepidation that anyone might feel taking a leap and venturing into something new . . . . because in order to attain any kind of sustainability, you’re going to be doing it day in and day out, season after season.  So why not enjoy it?”

Today’s question What are you willing to risk, even if it means failure?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Give yourself a kind of grace”

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