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GUEST POST BY ASHLEY GREENO
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
In my opinion (and personal experience) the fear of failure is what robs us of our confidence. It’s not that we don’t think we CAN do it… it’s that we’re so damn scared of failing that we don’t. So I’ve made it a practice to try new things that are scary and hard. To go into things fully expecting failure, because I know now that failing is usually just the first step in mastering something new. Once you get the failure out of the way, you can start to learn and grow and succeed!
My most recent/ current example of stepping out in this way, is launching a side business to save the $40,000+ needed to adopt a baby in the U.S. My husband and I experienced secondary infertility after we had our 7-year-old daughter, but we knew our family wasn’t complete yet. We were ready to adopt a baby, but with fees that high, it just wasn’t an option. So, I boldly claimed that I would bake and sell Ten Thousand Cookies to cover the cost… you know, on top of working 30 hours a week and having a 2nd grader. No big deal. 😉
Long story short, we put ourselves out there and were vulnerable in ways that felt super uncomfortable, but it has paid off big time! Not only are we within 1,000 cookies of our goal, we’ve also found a community of friends and supporters who are cheering us on and helping us spread the word! Without many “failed” attempts to create small business in previous years (I have so many stories to share!) I never would have gained the skills or confidence to launch something like this.
Experiencing failure and realizing life goes on has been the most motivating experience and one of the biggest keys to my current success.
So, get out there and fail at something spectacularly so you can learn something new and become a better, more confident, version of you. I promise you won’t regret it!
PS email me if you need a pep talk or have an awesome story to share… or if you need gluten free cookie of course! I’m at email@example.com