What if you couldn’t fail?


One of the questions my coach Julie Starr often asks is “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”.

This is a great question, as it really does make you think and open your mind up to possibilities, rather than failure. It also makes dream feel a little bit closer.

It also helps you understand what it is you really want to do.

When I started this blog, I was unsure about it, and I thought “what would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail” and I thought I’d just start, write some posts and see how it went.

When I thought about it, I realised I could do that and to be honest I couldn’t fail – I could write and I could post, there was nothing stopping me from doing that.

Whether the posts attract interest, or whether they be well received, that was something else entirely and to be honest, well thats outside my control really, and worrying about it was stopping me from writing. It was getting in the way.

I’m happy now I started because, for me, failing was actually not writing, it doesn’t really matter whether people read them or not. My goal was to write and I achieved that.

So if you have a goal or a dream that you’re reluctant to begin because your worried about failing, then why not imagine what you would do if you couldn’t fail, and the dive in.

Just start it, and maybe, just maybe you might be successful.

What if you couldn’t fail?
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About Gordon Tredgold

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8 Responses to What if you couldn’t fail?

  1. MichaelJ says:

    Hi Gordon,

    Hear Hear. The secret to finishing… is starting. Again and again and again.

    When I was contemplating to start an MBA (at 34), talking with my boss at the time, I said, “You know, I’ll be close to 40 when I finish it”. He said: “You going to be close to forty one way or the other”. Touche. I started the MBA, and finished it.


    • Gordon Tredgold says:

      Michael, i love that comment, “the secret to finishing is starting” i think that will make a great title for a blog.
      To often people worry about how it will end that they never start, and in reality many things in life that i have completed were never what i actually started. But staring something actually led to something else, which if i hadn’t started i would never have found. Its as if not starting limits our opportunities, not just to the goal we were originally thinking of, but other opportunities which tend to open up once we make a change to start something. As an example, i applied for a job that i didn’t think i was qualified for, at least it was a stretch, a fairly big step up, but decided i had nothing to lose so sent off my resume, to my surprise i got called for an interview and they offered me the role of he boss of the job i didn’t think i could do :) If i had never have applied for something i thought was too big, i would never have landed that even bigger role.
      We are often our own limitations, and we never know what we are truly capable of until we try.
      thanks for the comment, really got me thinking about my next blog :)

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    What if half of your work done automatically, but the second half….

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