Blinded By The Light of Failure


As a writer, I tackle block myself from doing many things because I’m afraid of failure. Failure sucks. It hurts deep down. So deep, my soul pukes. That fear of failure blinds me from seeing beyond the short-lived pain of failing. But we live in a world where failure is a negative thing. The enemy.

Believe it or not, failure is not the opposite of success. Failure is just practice for succeeding. So if you practice enough, some day you’ll win —BIG! The fail/win formula builds layers and layers of fearlessness. And before you know it, what was once pain is just a tickle.

Think about  Super Bowl 45. The Packers lost games this season. In effect, they failed at catching passes, throwing the football to the right person and scoring enough points. Did any player quit football all together? Nope. They learned from their failure and practiced a little harder —maybe a lot harder. And now the Packers are Super Bowl Champions (all but official) because they failed.

Now listen to this version of Blinded By The Light by Bruce Springsteen. His original track, before Manfred Mann cut it, failed to be popular. But Bruce knocks it out of Asbury Park (see what I did there?) with this version.

 

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2 thoughts on “Blinded By The Light of Failure

  1. I prefer Bruce’s rendition much better. Think what the music world would be like if he’d given up after Asbury Park? Food for thought as we all battle those inner, private failures (and the outer, public ones). Cheers-Tom

  2. As a fellow writer, I totally agree. I spent years doing not much because of fear of failure. And years of trying to please everybody and forgetting to please myself.

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