“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
It’s easy to read Roosevelt’s words and think “to dare mighty things” is referring only to monumental undertakings. I think this quote also speaks of living a life with willingness to step out of our comfort zones and try new things, even with the possibility of failure.
Here’s a nugget of truth that is applicable for all of us: we are going to fail. At some point, we’re going to fall short, do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing, or lack the skills, experience, or wisdom needed to succeed. There’s no escaping it. It’s part of the human condition. But failing does not mean we are failures.
I find that liberating!
President Roosevelt’s words remind us that successes, victories, and triumphs often come through our failures. Being willing to move ahead, even after failure, is how great things are achieved, and how a fulfilling life is lived. On the contrary, playing it safe, in order to avoid failure, does not lead to success. Rather, it leads to regret and a life that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Where are you holding back because of a fear of failure? What step can you take today to break through the fear that is holding you back? Take that step, without being concerned about failing but rather be focused on giving your best effort.
Who knows, you might be wildly successful.