Avoid Failing by making a safety net.

I had a customer talk to me today, he mentioned that at his age, every day he woke up was a blessing.

I was surprised by him saying that- death is something I’m, admittedly, not all that comfortable with.

I was also surprised by my shock at his statement. It’s TRUE. Every day that we wake up, is another day that we can live and love. This is no different whether you’re 16 or 61.

I started telling the guy about Steve Jobs commencement speech to Stanford. I’ll link it below.

One of his points is about death, and the fact that Steve had pancreatic cancer and was going to die soon constantly reminded him that he has nothing to lose.

What do you have to lose? What are the consequences of not trying?

Failing sucks.

It’s really easy to do everything we can to avoid failing. Even if it means inaction, but we don’t grow from inaction.

So here’s what we do.

Imagine you failed.

Do you have that picture in your mind? … Good.

How do you respond? What steps do you take to make sure your finances stay in order? Can you still pay your bills? How can you repair your reputation?

Think through these responses. It’s very important. You’re clarifying the unknown ahead of time!

Now that you’ve thought through how you would respond if you failed, and you survived, go make something happen because you’ll be just fine.

 

2 thoughts on “Avoid Failing by making a safety net.”

  1. Dan, great post my man! I do this a lot as well- imagining what I would do in the worst-case scenario. While it’s sometimes scary to imagine, its comforting to have a plan and to know that things will work out in the end. Very cool.

    1. I like the implications it has on approaching people about a business offer, what happens if they say no? well, you wish them the best and you move on to the next one.

      Not doing anything won’t get you anywhere, and it’s weird to think that failing might get you closer to the end than inaction.

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