I love this quote because it really gets right down to the reason why many of us hold off on doing something we want to… fear of failure. No one wants to fail, but do you want the possibility of failure to hold you back from something really great? Forget all of the reasons why it won’t work out, and believe the one reason why it will.
There’s always the possibility that it won’t work out, but even if you fail, you can get a lot out of the experience. (And remember that failing at something never makes you a failure.) Taking risks opens you up to new challenges and opportunities, and whatever the outcome, you are living life and having a true learning experience.
In the 1972 Summit Series, the Canadians went in overconfident and found a tough competitor in the Soviets. Canada thought it would be an easy series, and when their hockey team ended up losing two games and tying one, there was a lot of pressure on Team Canada with an upward battle ahead of them. They came back and won the series 4-3 thanks to Paul Henderson’s iconic goal with only 34 seconds left in the game, but the players and the whole country learned a lot from that experience. Though there was extreme pressure on the Canadians, they shut out the criticism and played a true team game with passion and emotion. They learned that they would have to re-evaluate the way they were doing things, and their style of hockey and training methods evolved as a result. The Soviets earned a lot of respect in the hockey world and proved that they could compete with the best. “Nobody really lost. Hockey was the big winner.” (Yuri Liapkin) Though one team won the series, both achieved something and it proved to be a huge learning experience. You can’t always win, but you shouldn’t let the fear of losing prevent you from playing the game.
Game Plan: What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Are you willing to take that risk?