Success – Only an Inch away from Failure

The energy that creates great ideas also creates errors. Most truly creative and successful people have hence also had setbacks, frequently huge ones where they lost almost everything they had.

Be prepared to fail, on average, 3.1 times before striking it big.

The more people I get to know and the more biographies I read, the more convinced I am that we have to be prepared to fail miserably if we are going to achieve anything worth-while in this world.

The difference between success and failure is really minute. We have to trust our instincts and try,since if we don’t, there is no way we will ever succeed.

If we never fail it means that our goal wasn’t big enough. And if the goal isn’t big enough there is no risk involved. Trying out safe ideas are neither creative nor innovative and no biography will be written about you if that’s how you lead your life.

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties, someone once said and that is so true since the only thing that’s certain in life is that there are no certainties. So it depends on what you want out of life. Or as George Bernard Shaw put it: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world – the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man”.

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102 comments to Success – Only an Inch away from Failure

  • Richard Sutton  says:

    Hemingway: "Do. Fail. Learn. Do." This is my favorite of his rules for writers, the last one being, Don't judge.
    My recent post Today’s Reason Why I’m Not Writing…

    • catarinaalexon  says:

      Good quote from Hemingway, Richard. "Do, fail, learn, do" – will remember that one:-)

  • Jeannette Paladino  says:

    You learn from failure, but it isn't fun, especially if it's not self-inflicted. By that I mean that you may be doing a great job in an organization, but the CEO doesn't like you (or has a friend he wants to insert into your position) and you're fired. That's considered a failure — why didn't I see it coming? What could I have done to prevent it? If you experience failure, it's OK to take a little time to grieve. But then you've got to move on.
    My recent post Is This a New Trend – the Public Firing of Employees?

    • catarinaalexon  says:

      Excellent points, Jeannette. Not self-inflicted failures can be painful. But still, as you say, we have to move on.

  • The New Voltaire  says:

    Failure only really stings if we flatter ourselves about our own importance. Neither our greatest success nor worst failure graces more than one or two breakfast conversations of others, and then only briefly. Much, if not most of life is random, and we waste incredible energy fearcasting. Life's a lottery; you've got to play, otherwise it's no fun.

    • catarinaalexon  says:

      Yes, you have to play with the cards you are dealt and the main thing to fear is fear itself.

  • Geoff Kelly  says:

    Great post Caterina.

    Most give up at the first sign of resistence or failure, but achievers tie themselves to the mast and course correct their way towards their vision. That's why so few achieve the remarkable.

    What a waste – all those others with so much talent, so many good ideas, condeming themselves to follow the "safe" rat runs that worked in the past. Sadly for them, that safety is a mirage as the world changes continuously and makes those rat runs obselescent.

  • humandynamics  says:

    Absolutely – there is only a small difference between success and failure. My own experience in this area comes from a round the world rock tour that I tried to rescue with some success. My mistake was getting involved when it was too late to rescue it.

    • catarinaalexon  says:

      Glad you agree with me Peter. Agree with you that timing is crucial.

  • Apartmani u Beogradu  says:

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  • Apartmani u Beogradu  says:

    Great post

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  • catarinaalexon  says:

    Good points that I agree with, Sandy.

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