The only true failure is letting fear win and not giving it your best damn shot.
There is no more “on-again-off-again” Josh. He died October 6th, 2021. Gone are the days where I drift through life and half-heartedly attempt new ventures before giving up.
While knowledge is valuable (and learning from other’s mistakes can add decades back to your life), experience (and implicitly failure) is required to grow. You shouldn’t be afraid of failure. Failure is critical, and can often lead to more progress than success.
Saying people are “talented” lets you off the hook. It makes it seem like high-achievers have something you don’t. And if they have something you don’t, you can’t be held accountable for failure.
Life isn’t a race to get to a blissful future, life is the difficulties it took to get there. It’s the twists, turns, losses, loves, highs, lows that we encounter along the way.
Everything great that was ever achieved was achieved by someone who was tired. Every single one of them chose to show up when they didn’t want to. They chose to give their all when all they wanted was a nap. What separates truly exceptional people from the regular Joes is a commitment to executing a plan, no matter how tired they are.
If you haven’t reached your definition of success yet, you either haven’t been working the plan long enough, or you’re following the wrong plan. ... Here’s an example: