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.
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.