A great man once said, “If you never failed, you never tried.”
Of course another – much meaner – man once said to me “If ya ain’t cheating, ya ain’t trying” then he knocked me down.
I do miss Grampa.
Both quotes have a degree of truth to them and your willingness to adopt these into your mindset could determine how or if you – or I – see any success in 2015 ( no this is not my EOY encouragement for you to write out your goals for 2015 – BUT it’s coming).
I am nowhere near where I want to be as a comic – barely scratched the surface – but where I am is where people – that are unwilling or too scared to – fail usually do just that.
The very beginning so what do I know about how to succeed?
I know that if I am not willing to make a complete fool of myself and risk total silence in a room filled with people that WANT to laugh, then it’s never going to happen and I have FAILED without even trying.
Now, I could tell you that – as with most things – lots of hard work, dedication and a solid dream are all it takes to get you what you want go – and that is all true – to a degree. The truth, however, is a lot less friendly. There is a chance you’re not cut out to do what you want to do you might even stink.
For many years I wanted to play football – until the day, more than 25 years ago, I got hit so hard that my ribs still hurt. For even longer than that, I wanted to play guitar in a band – or drums, or keyboards, or sax or just be able to say the word “band.”
God had different plans for me; He still does.
So, forget what you think you know and stuff a sock in the part of your brain that has you too scared to move because you’re scared to fail; fail anyway because you simply don’t know until you try.
If you do stink or cannot really do the “thing” review the lessons you have learned and move on – quickly before Grampa knocks you down.
What are you scared to try because you’re scared to fail? Have you ever tried something and discovered you’re not good at it? How was that experience? Please share what you learned – someone reading might be able to learn for your journey – that’s what this is all about.