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Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Elevate, Empower, Inspiration, Soul Food | 0 comments

Be Ready to Fail. Big time.

Be Ready to Fail. Big time.


Fear of failure can be paralyzing. Perceived failure or experienced, or perceived because of what you’ve experienced.  We face choices that make us want to crawl back under the covers, or run blindly into the direction of something shiny, only to look back and wonder what the hell we were thinking.  The good news is that we aren’t alone.

This is one of my favorite {albeit long} quotes from Danielle LaPorte.  She’s brilliant and wears amazing shoes.  I was going to paraphrase it but its whole is too powerful to abbreviate.  Here you go…

“This is Your Guarantee of Failure. Proceed anyway.


You will fail. At some point. More than once.

You will get hurt.
You’re going to get dumped, broken up with. Betrayed, even.
Heart broken. Heart. BROKEN.
You might get kicked out, rejected, canned. Denied entry.
Not invited.

You will be criticized.
You will be denied.
You’ll be too late.
You’ll give up too soon.

You’ll misread the fine print, sign a bad deal, and it’ll cost ya — dearly.You will miss opportunities, miss the mark, let some precious part of life pass you by. You won’t win. You will lose. You will be wounded and you’ll have scars — that show.

You’ll have regrets.
And things you wish you could do over.
You’ll say things you wished you had never said.
There will be many, many things that you’ll wish you had said — fiercely loving and bravely tender things, righteously justice-rendering things that could change everything — but instead, you’ll fail to rise in the way you wanted to.

There’s no mystery, there’s no avoiding it, and no one born has ever, or will ever, be immune. Failing is as certain as sunsets and detours. So why exert energy avoiding the unavoidable? Shift your energy from protecting yourself from failure to squeezing the life out of life.
Let your guard down, take the brakes off, and tear up that insurance policy – it was a rip off anyway. The status quo has been feeding you factory-grade illusions. Sign up, speak up, get out, and get it on. You will fail. At some point. More than once. Guaranteed. Proceed anyway.” ~ Danielle LaPorte


Start your week right.  Start your new life. Whatever you’ve been waiting to do, just start. You have everything you need, really.

xo – JB