Failure [feyl-yer], we’re all familiar with the term. We’re taught from a young age and through the various stages of our lives that this noun is something we must avoid and work hard to not become.
Over the last year or so, I have been reading a lot. Most of the reading has covered the topics of success, motivation, accomplishments, encouragement, how-to’s, and making money. A recurring topic amongst these feel good themes, surprisingly (at first), has been failure.
It’s great to read a book, understand it, reflect and collect your thoughts regarding the issues covered. If the content is powerful enough, we begin to a to act upon the newly learned and integrated material… That is, until we hit a few road blocks. We stop, look back and try to remember how the authors conquered certain fears and impeding factors. A quick mental checklist of the attributes we’ve given the authors bestows them with special powers that enabled them to overcome failure. A quick comparison of our powers vs theirs, and we come up short. What did they do, what do they have that I don’t. In short, I think I have the answer: the power of manifestation. Put simply, they shipped an idea or thought. They put it out there.
The problem with “putting it out there”, is that often times self-doubt and lack of confidence gets in the way, and we second guess our actions or thoughts. We’re too geared towards NOT wanting to fail, that the slightest thought that whatever we’re doing could wind up not succeeding, we fail to ship. We stop dead in our tracks, rethink the idea and stew upon it until we’re certain that the idea or action is bullet proof, fail-proof.
In our current time and age where the power of communication is so powerful, and becoming even more so each and every minute, we must snuff out the fear of failing. Take a look around you, take a minute to observe all the things, big and small, that don’t quite fit in with what is normal.
There is a product and niche for everything. It’s also nice to know that the boundaries that encompasses everything is growing exponentially. Which means, if you have an idea, game plan or plot that you’re excited about, you have to put it out there. Help it grow, nourish that idea. Give it plenty of water and sunshine, and hopefully lots of love. Then do it again and again. Over and over. Not sure who your marketing to? No worries, they’ll find you, or you’ll find them. The fractioning of what is mainstream and normal has already begun and it has been happening for some time now. What was once a whole, is now partitioned and fragmented. What was once a whole, the masses, is becoming a niche. Mass= niche. But how so? Look closely enough at any object, image, organ and it makes a system or at the least, is part of one. Broken down to it’s most simple form we observe dots, atoms, molecules, all of which do their own work and in doing so, form part of a system. Make your mark, establish your dot and begin to connect with other dots. The fun drawing game most played as children, has a real, grown up and useful purpose. When done by the numbers, in incremental fashion, by which the author intended, you end up with a picture. Well done. Now, given the chance to create your own drawing, what dots and lines are you going to use or connect?