You know Brené Brown, yes? Author of Daring Greatly? The Gifts of Imperfection? Rising Strong? She gave a TED Talk on vulnerability in 2010, that’s currently the fourth most watched TED Talk of all time?
Yes, that Brené Brown.
Anyway, she’s one of my faves, and she was a keynote speaker at SXSW a few days ago. I was reading coverage about her talk, and this quote — one of many gems she’s dropped throughout her books and talks and interviews — really stuck out to me. I think no matter your work or your interests, we’re hard-wired to respond to the fear of failure (and to prevent it at all costs, if not view it as a very negative thing). But I’ve found that recognizing the fear and leaning into it (and hopefully pushing past it) has brought about some of the most satisfying turns in the road for me — whether they’re small, like a project taking on an exciting new direction, or big, like starting my own business. And of course, when you do find yourself in the midst of a shitstorm, train yourself to remember Brené’s advice: when you learn from a “failure,” it’s no longer a failure at all.
How do you respond to the fear of failure? Can you think of any “failures” you’ve experienced, but more importantly, what you learned from them?