Fail High

I listened to a few Dan Miller 48 Days Podcasts today. I get on a roll and chunk about 4-5 episodes of a podcast at a time.

In one particular episode, he dealt extensively with failure.

The idea that struck me was this idea of failing high, that we really don’t know what we’re capable of until we hit a situation where we fail. If we succeed over and over, then perhaps we’re not working on projects that are worth it.

The more I fail at huge things, the better I get at working on huge things. Eventually, I’ll do huge things, right?

And if I fail, what’s the worst that can happen? It’s not like I’m living in the jungle and am tempting fate with lions, tigers, and bears.

People might not like my art. Or someone might not buy the thing I’m selling. Or the girl might say ‘no’.

But if I keep creating, selling, and asking, eventually I’ll get good. So will you.

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