We talk and write endlessly about success and succeeding. Everybody, everywhere has an opinion on how we can achieve, succeed, and soar.
I read such books and blogs. I'm an avid documentary watcher because I'm naturally curious and, uh, unapologetically nosey. I simply must know what made people like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Robert Johnson and Amy Winehouse persist until they became legends.
I'm also intrigued by failure. Why do gifted and talented people fail? Why do people insist that they're up to so and so, then invest massive amounts of time, energy and attention in everything BUT so and so?
What's the path, uh, to failure?
Well, I'm so glad you asked. I know, I know, you're probably thinking, "I didn't ask for any such thing! I already know how to fail. I've failed before, plenty of times." Okay, I got it. I invite you to be open. You just might learn something that will help you succeed. If you don't, pass this along to that friend who has been writing a book now for years! Maybe they'll learn something.
OK, no more small talk, let's dive in!
How to Fail at Writing a Book and Everything Else...
Failing is easier than succeeding, would you agree? Truth be told, we WILL sometimes fail. Shame and vulnerability researcher Brene' Brown says, "If you're brave with your life, you are going to know failure." I agree. Let me add this twist, if you're brave with your life, commit to something, focus your energy on it, regularly push through Resistance, persist, take 100% responsibility for yourself, and believe fiercely in you, you will also know SUCCESS.