Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Quote about "Fear of Failure"

How many times do you find yourself not trying something new or starting an idea you've been sitting on because you think you lack confidence?

Dick Costolo, founder of the blog aggregation site Feedburner that was acquired by Google recently, wrote this advice on his blog:
[..]the opposite of ‘fear of failure’ isn’t confidence. The opposite of ‘fear of failure’ is just not bothering to think about failure (BIG difference between this and thinking about risk profile for your idea/company)...

The key is to just get on the bike, and the key to getting on the bike is not the confidence in knowing you will be successful if you do x,y,z. The key to getting on the bike is to stop thinking about “there are a bunch of reasons i might fall off” and just hop on and peddle the damned thing. You can pick up a map, a tire pump, and better footwear along the way.

From Ask The Wizard

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