People don’t try becuase they are afraid to fail.
People don’t try new things becuase they attach failure to self worth. If they fail at something, it suggests, the individual is dumb, lacks passion, didn’t work hard enough, the list goes on and on.
Failure of an idea is not a failure of the human being.
Somewhere, somehow, those afraid to fail have connected failure to their self worth. If A=B and B=C then C=A. For example: Yesterday I tried something new. I tried Benching 315lbs [5lbs more than my personal best] (A), and I failed at it (B), then this mathematical law would imply I’m a failure (C). Sounds silly right?
Subconsciously this is the connection that many people make but unlike mathematics this isn’t the truth.
Henry Ford once said:
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Being a business owner for six years now, I’ve come to learn that failure, not getting it right the first time, is the process of trying something new. It is the aftermath of trying to create something that didn’t previously exist, in my case it was lifting 315lbs. Something I’ve never done before.
As an athlete we acknowledge that this is the acceptable norm for success. It is rare for an athlete to do something masterful on their first attempt. When you watch a PRO compete what you see on game day is the byproduct of their continuous failure. That failure on multiple attempts has lead them to mastery. How they move is their intelligence from years and years of getting it wrong. And still the PRO has bad days. These moments of failure aren’t the end for them and they know that. This is how learning works. They understand messing up, failing, is part of the process.
As business owners, entrepreneurs, those trying something new we must all accept this truth if we ever want to do anything with those ideas in our head.
About Mario Ashley
Mario Ashley is the owner of Naples Strength & Conditioning. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. He has certifications in the following CrossFit Courses: Mobility, Gymnastics, Football, Kids, Goal Setting, Endurance and Level 2 Certificate. He is also the creator of WarehouseGymExpert.com where he helps gym owners professionalize the warehouse gym one lesson at a time. He also has created an Ebook that fitness professionals can use to help improve their clients flexibility and reduce the likelihood of injury called mobilitydrills.com.