Why failure is your second best option

Growing up most of us were taught that failure is bad and we should do everything we can not to avoid it. Did you ever play on a sports team where everyone got a trophy even though one team clearly lost, but everyone was told they won?

I think people’s intentions were good, but they were not doing us any favors.

Whenever you are trying to reach a goal, success is the best outcome, but failure is the second best. Yes, FAILURE IS THE SECOND BEST OPTION.

If you really stop and think about it, your best outcomes in reaching your goals are:

  1. Success
  2. Failure
  3. Not trying
  4. Procrastinating

Success is what we are aiming for. Failure is just a feeling that won’t actually hurt you. Not trying is simply failing ahead of time and removing the option of success. Procrastination is failing ahead of time, but also stressing about it because you want to do it, but just aren’t.

So tell me, what would you be willing to do if you weren’t afraid to fail?

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Hey, I’m Lindsay Lyman

I spent the last 11 years growing my career at one of the largest tech companies in the world. I’ve built teams, launched new products, and created my own jobs. As a certified coach, I teach people how to manage the noise in their head to feel motivated and valued at work again.

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