You know how sometimes a theme keeps cropping up, and different people seem to be making the same point? Last Friday I had the pleasure of meeting fellow blogger Pamela Slim to interview her for my book. When I asked her what advice she would give to new entrepreneurs, she said, “Don’t be afraid of failure.” She meant that you need to focus on succeeding rather than on “not failing”
Then, that melody played again when I heard what Derek Jeter said after the Yankees beat the Tigers in the first game of their MLB Division playoffs. Jeter said [thanks to the Cincinnati Post for making this "linkable” for me]:
“We’ve been in this position a lot, we’ve been in the postseason a lot, so you can’t be afraid to fail,” Jeter said. “You always have to think positive. You’re not always going to come through; there have been plenty of times I haven’t. But when I’m in that situation, I feel as though I’m going to produce, come up with a hit or make a play.”
If you think about Not Failing, your attitude is different than if you think about Succeeding. Sure, you might fail, but don’t let that thought own you. Play like you’re Derek Jeter.