The Impossible Question

Whenever I attend a leadership seminar and this speaker would ask the listeners: "If the possibility of failure were erased, what would your attempt to achieve?"

To me, that was an intriguing question. At that time it prompted me to look ahead to life's possibilities. I can do this and that if there would be no failure at all. I can be a CEO in less than a month. Wow! That would be great. But then one day I realized that it was really a bad question. Why? It is a bad question because it takes me to thinking the wrong track. I would think that there is no such thing as failure. I believe, with what I've been through, there is no achievement when there is no failure. Life would suck big time.

The question should be: If your perception of and response to failure were changed, what would you attempt to achieve?

I don't deny that in anyone's life there is always that obstacles that hinders us to get to something. Whatever they are, it doesn't matter. What does matter is that your life can change if you're willing to look at failure differently. You have the potential to overcome any problems, mistakes, or misfortunes. All you hat to do is learn to fail and embrace failure. You got to learn to fail forward.

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