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You Do Not Fail

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First time I heard the phrase you do not fail I Laughed. Confidently I responded, “Everybody fails sometime.”

Then my coach looked at me and said. “You do not fail you give up trying.” It was the uppercut for the knockout I wasn’t expecting. I think I sat there for a couple of minutes before responding. I realized he had described different parts of my life with one sentence.

That conversation changed my life. If you never stop going for it then do you indeed fail? Sure you learn some good stuff along the way. You learn how not to do something and learn how to do something better. That’s called life not failure.

For me, it wasn’t until later in life that I learned this lesson. My lifestyle was if life wasn’t going right then get out.

- At 18 not knowing what to do with my life I ran to the Marine Corps. 
- At 22 with no direction, I ran to Saint Louis, Mo. 
- At 25 with no path and my tail between my legs, I ran back to Texas. 
- At 28 I started a website company, one client complained, and I shut down the company. (We took a job we shouldn’t have in the first place)

Every time life got tough I removed myself from the situation. I thought that if I got out of there, then I would get passed whatever was uncomfortable or at least get away from it.

Now I realize most of those times I was giving up. I gave up on learning experiences I would have to learn later. When life gets difficult, it means you leveled up. It means you now have to learn a new level of badassery. You have to learn new skills and talents. You have to get after it.

The universe will throw things your way to teach you life lessons. It will never throw you more than you can handle so be strong and persevere. When you come out on the other side I promise you will look back and go wow that wasn’t so bad.

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1 Trick to beat a Mundane Life

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For a lot of my career, I played it very safe. Taking jobs right in front of me instead of taking on my next adventure. I didn’t work to succeed I worked to survive.

It wasn’t until in my 30’s that I realized I was living life by default and not design. My time was not my own it belonged to others. I spent a good portion of my career making others wealthy while I moped through life. I would daydream for better but couldn’t find it in me to go for it.

Society has people pegged as a whole. It knows how to keep you in your station. It knows how to keep you complacent and distracted from your destiny. It knows how to throw shining objects in your path everytime you step out of line.

Not recognizing that you are playing someone else’s game now that’s risky. It’s also scary. It’s like your life is a black & white movie during the depression. Head down shuffling your feet looking for anything that could bring you food. Playing it safe ensures you never go after your dreams it means you never go big.

How do you fix it? Take a different risk. Do something that scares you not just to do it but to learn. Do something that challenges you not to scare you but to learn. A risk is a learning opportunity. It is a chance to become more educated than you were before. It gives you a shot at learning how to do something. Knowledge is power, but it is only power when you do something with it.

This world is full of smart people living mundane lives. Don’t let that be you. Go for it, challenge life and learn every day. Learn skills, processes, and abilities that allow you to go further. Rise up and be the phoenix of your life and watch what happens. If your life is dull, boring and black & white, then shake it up. We get one shot on this rock make it a good one.

Oh and one last thing, you want to really go big then do the biggest thing that scares you. Then look at the world saying hold my beer and watch this shit.

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Fail Again, Fail Better. A Secret to Success

I watched the video of Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Peter Dinklage when he delivered the June 1, 2012, Commencement address. This video of Peter who plays Tyrion in the Game of Thrones tv series inspires the hell out of me.

The entire address is great this snippet is my favorite part.

 

Ever Tried Ever Failed. Fail Again Fail Better.

Don’t you just love the thought of failing better? I never thought of it until this speech. I have heard the phrase fail to learn or learn to fail and I have used it most of my career. Failing better has so much more impact.

Failing better means you are going harder, bigger and crazier than you ever have. You are doing explosive things that challenge you to light up this world. Failing better means you are learning from your failures and correcting on the fly and making smarter decisions.

Most people won’t even try for fear of failure. Without putting yourself out there you can never succeed. You can’t chase your dreams if you are playing it safe. Go for it, fail for it and inspire yourself. Become the person you were destined to be and always thought you would become. Live out your daydreams by failing better.

Peter Dinklage drew a line in the sand and bet on himself. He went for it not giving himself and a backup plan. If you go for it then go for it big. Do what scares you and watch your failures turn into victories.

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The entire 2012 address can be watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuEfEv0OlsY