What Would You Do if You Couldn’t Fail?

Failure is inevitable but what if? Sometimes I wish I couldn’t fail. I know you do too. But let’s just imagine for the moment that we can’t fail and you know then you’re free to do all kinds of stuff.

Photo Credits: Pete Prodoehl (Creative Commons)

Photo Credits: Pete Prodoehl (Creative Commons)

Talking about stuff, I’ve always wanted to ride a roller coaster. But mostly I’m scared of heights. Would I go on a roller coaster if I wasn’t scared of heights? Of course I would. That’s what people do. Except if you are a writer, you sulk in the corner of your room lamenting how stupid your writing is at the moment and sob quietly thinking you are never going to be like all the famous authors out there. Might as well give up, right? No you shouldn’t  Thought the title suggests what you could do if you couldn’t fail, I say we must fail to become a better writer or any other thing.

Almost everyone failed. Walt Disney was sacked from the newspaper because they said he lacked imagination, that’s right. Then there is J. K. Rowling who is one of my most favorite authors, her Harry Potter manuscript was turned down by twelve(some say it was nine?) publishers including biggies like Penguin and HarperCollins before it was published by Bloomsbury, a small London publisher that too on the insistence of CEO’s eight-year old daughter, who begged her father to print the book. God bless the girl. Of course then there is ‘Gone with the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell which was rejected 38 times(Which I haven’t read yet, though I’m guilty of mentioning it here). Rejection didn’t make them give up. Now, look where they stand in the creative world as well as the historic world. There are many such examples to learn from. But mostly I’d say to fail is to learn.

In the end all I have to say is:

If you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived.

Categories: Inspiration

Flawid D'Souza

I'm mostly a student and also a writer and a wonderful person. I help people to be creative and follow their passions. I live just outside of Mangalore, India with my mom, dad, little sister and two dogs. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Goodreads.


Rebecca Green Gasper · 28 January, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I wonder, though, if success would be just as thrilling if you never knew failure…??? Maybe failure is what makes success so fulfilling. But I wonder…what would I do if failure wasn’t an option…? It’s something to think about 🙂 Great post. Have a wonderful day.

    Flawid D'Souza · 29 January, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    @Rebecca Green Gasper Thanks for the feedback 🙂 Maybe we should ask Stephanie Meyer what she feels about success without failure! She didn’t fail to sell a million copies of her book on her first try at writing. Yet here we are.

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