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Week 26

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 26-05-2014


Fear and Failure

Do not judge me by my success. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got up – Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

For leaders, sometimes fear of failure can  make us apprehensive but as Martin Luther King stated in his book, A Gift  of Love, fear of darkness led to the discovery of the secret of electricity , the fear of pain led to the marvellous advances of medical science, the fear of ignorance was the reason that man built great institutions of learning, the fear of war was one of the forces behind the birth of the United Nations.  As Angelo Patri once said “Education consists in being afraid at the right time, if man were to lose his capacity of fear he would be deprived of his capacity to grow and create.”

As a leader do you embrace fear and failure and do you agree that a sense of fear should be normal, necessary and creative in your own leadership journey? If this reflects your life, how do you deal with the fear factor and failure?  Many entrepreneurs have a hard time overcoming the fear of the unknown and the failures that come with running their own business. For many entrepreneurs this can be a moment that can make or break them.  What words of support can you share?



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