This is a question people need to ask themselves more. Time and time again I always see people too afraid to do something because of the unknown. They are afraid of failure and are afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are a wonderful thing. How can these mistakes really be bad? When has failure ever kept you from learning and growing? People need to ask themselves, "what's the worst that can happen?" much more.

I don't know why people are so afraid of failing, actually I do: It's because everyone in this society is brought up through school that failure is bad. You have to be perfect and study and do good on your tests. Every time you make a mistake in school your grade goes down. Therefore, mistakes are BAD!

That's totally absurd. Failure is probably the best way to learn. How do you know you suck at something if you're not failing?

One way deal with this

Ask yourself, "Whats the worst that can happen." Seriously. What is the worst that can happen? In most cases it's really not that bad. It's usually just some type of pain (growth) over some period of time. Well, that time is going to pass anyway so why not just handle it? Is that really such a bad outcome? Would you rather be doing the worst case scenario or be dead?

On a scale of 1 - 10, with 1 being the worst, how bad are these worst case scenarios usually? In most cases they're usually not even that bad. Most of the time failing and the worst case scenario is like a 4 or 5. And this isn't even that bad. A 1 would probably be like your arm getting cut off or something hardcore like that. Most of the time failure doesn't involve this! At least I hope not (But if it does you have some seriously hardcore worst case scenarios! And I'm totally cool with that).

Next, on a scale of 1 - 10, think about the possible outcome of doing this worst case scenario. In most cases it's usually a pretty good outcome, like 9 or 10. Therefore, why is it people are so afraid to go for a worst case situation in hopes of achieving a great situation? There's a lot of reasons, but a simple answer would be people don't want to grow and don't want to think. If you take these steps and think about them you will see that it makes sense to go for the worst case scenario, and then the only thing holding you back is your decision not to grow. Where's the excitement in this?


By looking for the worst case scenario you immediately set yourself up to see what the absolute worst part about making a move could be. In most cases, the worst case scenario isn't even that bad at all - it really isn't! And again, this is worst case. Most of the time the worst case never happens and it is a total new and exciting experience.

I tell you all, quit your freaking jobs and start living in the worst case world with me and all the other entrepreneurs of the world! ;) Well okay, do what you want. But the next time you see an opportunity to achieve something great ask yourself this simple question about failure: "What's the worst that can happen?"

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Quinton Figueroa

Quinton Figueroa

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I am an entrepreneur at heart. Throughout my whole life I have enjoyed building real businesses by solving real problems. Business is life itself. My goal with businesses is to help move the human ...



Korihor: Great Article...

I tell you all, quit your freaking jobs and start living in the worst case world with me and all the other entrepreneurs of the world! ;) Well okay, do what you want. But the next time you see an opportunity to achieve something great ask yourself this simple question about failure: "What's the worst that can happen?"

I dig your approach to life. I started my own company a year ago, and it has been the HARDEST thing of my life. I saw an opportunity and I took it. Even if it completely tanks I have learned so much in the process that it will have already paid off just in the stretching of my mentality to higher levels.

This is it. My baby. I think it will go big. Then I am going to work on my 'Look at what I did and you can too!' book. Then I will work with Sid Meyer and make my Video Game: Vend Vend Revolution, or SimVending...I have it all scripted, the backstory, the plot, the way it would work. It would have Monkey Island style dialogue elements...with...OK, sorry. The cool thing about starting up businesses, they are only glorified video games. In fact had I not played video games my whole business venture would have never happened...Wow, Entrepreneurism to vending machines to video games...crazy.

Quinton Figueroa: Congrats on your business
@Korihor (view comment)

Congrats on your business man! I love seeing other people stretch themselves and take on challenges.

The cool thing about businesses is that when you fail you really don't. Through every failure you just grow that much stronger to where eventually you're just a beast that can take on anything. It's such a dynamic and fulfilling way to approach life :). You get a much more broad experience - especially when you have the cash to free yourself up for helping others, sharing God and whatever else! (although I haven't reached this stage quite yet...)

It's funny you mention video games. I'm not sure if you know or not, but I was also a HUGE gamer throughout my childhood and they helped push me on to greater things. I really got into RPGs and they pushed me towards treating life as an RPG. You can read more about that here if you haven't already.

Marvin Jones: Good Read

Interesting take and good read. The problem is that everyone is not capable of being an entrepeneur and that society needs workers to move forward. Whether it be where they were brought up, financial constraints, educational deficiencies or otherwise, they do not have the tools to succeed in business. I personally agree with you based on my outlook and look forward to learning from my mistakes.

Quinton Figueroa: That's a good point, and I
@Marvin Jones (view comment)

That's a good point, and I agree to an extent. But can't somebody who is an employee still learn to take this outlook? The only reason they don't is because they are in shut-off mode and that is partly why they are an employee. They are content with where they are, which is fine, but when it keeps them back from growth it becomes a problem, IMHO.

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