You Can’t Succeed Without Failure

  1. Winners try more.
  2. In order to try more, winners see failing not as something to be feared but as part of the process of winning.

Winners are more fruitful than others because they grow more fruit

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What do the best performers do?

Reggie Jackson is in The National Baseball Hall of Fame. He is also the player who has struck out the most in baseball history.

Failure comes with success (and vice versa)

Do you love your favorite Disney movie any less because Disney also produced “The Black Cauldron” and “The Aristocats?” (Sorry if one of those is your favorite; I had to pick something.) Do you love your favorite Internet content creators any less because they’ve put out some drawings, videos, or articles that weren’t as good as the ones that made them your favorite? (If you do, I have another article for you.)

Failure is unavoidable if you want to succeed, so just accept that

It’s September, the start of a new semester for college students. If you step into your new dorm or apartment and right away you can tell you’re not going to get along with your roommate, you can either be miserable or you can decide to make the most of it. It’s the same with failure.

So how do I do this?

Change what you look at

In the short term, focus mainly on quantity and not as much on quality. In the long-term, keep an eye on quality. Like climbing a mountain: focus on putting one step after another (quantity), every so often stopping to look at your map and the summit to make sure you’re going a wise way (quality).

Do, do, do!

Set a goal to ignore likes and subscribes and instead focus on posting as many things as you can. Finish one, post it, and begin the next one.

  1. Include in your goal to post a certain number in a set amount of time.
  2. Try a 30-day challenge: Do one thing every day for 30 days and post it online, regardless of how good you think it is. If you’re an artist, Inktober, March of Robots, and Mermay are popular themed 30-day challenges. (Inktober’s founder, Jake Parker, has a great video on the benefits of doing a 30-day challenge.)
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You got this!

The best part about all this is that it’s simple to do. It may be daunting to think about relaxing your perfectionistic standards and just start putting your things out there the best you can make them, rather than the best that the best performers can make them (which you can’t do yet so you never put them out there).

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David Knell

David Knell

I’m a writer, designer, husband, father, and Latter-day Saint. I write about Creativity, Productivity, and Self-improvement. I‘m writing my first novel.