Are You Afraid Of FAILING?

Real Estate Agent with Comey & Shepherd Realtors

Are you afraid of FAILING?  

Don't be afraid of failure!  

In the past (and still sometimes today), I've been afraid of failure.    But I recently read about a new way to look at SUCCESS and FAILURE.  

We all know it took 10,000 times before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.  But what if he had quit trying after 9,999?  Would we be in the dark? ;)  

Mr. Edison learned 2 valuable lessons: 1) what not to do again and 2) he was getting closer to his goal.  

Failure tells us what won't work, so we can find another way to do something right.  

Have you ever heard marketing experts say that success in marketing comes down to 'Test, test, test'?   How many times have you written a real estate ad and not have anyone call you, while other times, your phone just rings off the hook?   If an ad is not working right, keep tweaking it to make it a little better each time and then one day you'll hit the jackpot.   

Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, says "Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better." What he meant by that was - the more skills we acquire through practice and repetition, the easier it will be for us to achieve our objectives.   Success is measured by the amount of failure you endure.  Double your rate of failure and you'll increase your success.  

So keep failing your way to success!

To your success,

Dan Weis

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John Occhi
Mason Real Estate - Temecula, CA
SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate

Good points here Dan, however I believe fearing failure is OK.  Failure seems so absolute.  It is almost as if you have thrown in the towel and have given up trying.  If you are still trying, you have not failed.

I believe that accepting failure is not what we want to do, that when we fail, we do have to get up and try again - as you pointed out with your Edison example.

If we do not fear failing, then we just might accept it as a acceptable outcome.  Now I am not suggesting to avoid a task because we might fail - not at all.  But when we take on this task, we have to know that failure is a possibility and that is not acceptable - so we must push ourselves to excellence in order to avoid the painful failure.

Like so many others, I have been familiar with the Edison perseverance for years.  to me, the 9,999 do not represent failure, but rather perseverance.  Failure is a negative word that plays negative tricks on the mind.  Perseverance on the other hand is positive and motivating.

So if it is OK with you, I will continue to fear failure and preserver to the finish line.

Now let me finish my "Half Full" cup of coffee and then get a fresh cup.  Is yours half full or half empty?

Now Have a Blessed Day,

John Occhi, Hemet CA REALTOR

Feb 11, 2007 03:38 AM #1
Rich Kruse
Gryphon USA, Ltd. - Columbus, OH
Dan - Both you and John have great points here.  Success is all about not giving up.  I like to read my daughter the Little Engine That Could.  I think I can, I think I can.........  Being stubborn helps too.
Feb 11, 2007 08:09 AM #2
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
I have always heard that it takes 10 no's to get a yes.  So when things don't look good I just figure that I must be getting closer to that YES!  Perserverance is the key!!
Feb 11, 2007 01:29 PM #3
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist
Marchel, I heard a quote from Ralph Roberts of Warren Michigan who says "in most cases when someone says NO they simply don't KNOW enough about him or my product to say yes".  I have found this to be very true in many cases so when someone says "let me think about it they may really be saying why should I buy this or how is this really going to help me".  Helping people make good decisions is the key.
Feb 16, 2007 05:51 PM #4
Meg Stewart
Reliable Appraisal - Frisco, TX
Appraiser-Frisco, Texas

Enjoyed the post and comments.....

Beliefs are Stronger than Facts

As to Sam's point above people don't know what they don't know.  The magic is to provide the facts in such a way that you change their beliefs.. 

There was a day when folks that the world was flat.... 



Feb 18, 2007 04:01 AM #5
Grant Howell
Alex Lowery Real Estate - Frisco, TX
Broker/Owner 214-234-6901
Ok. Not sure what to think about this one....
Feb 18, 2007 10:57 AM #6
john smith
Fresno, CA

Good Post and Great Comments

 FAILURE is the first step to SUCCESS!!!

Feb 22, 2007 05:02 AM #7
Brande Bradford
Keller Williams - McDonough, GA

I fear failure, that is why its unacceptable.

(however, I do know that failure is ok, as long as you gave it your all)

Feb 22, 2007 01:17 PM #8
Keith Zimmer
RE/MAX Results - Saint Louis, MO

Fear of failure is a mind set.

It is how and what you do with it that will determine your success.

If you embrace your fear and use it to learn and motivate yourself you can and will succeed. But if it causes you do retract it will keep you in the "hole".

Fear is a healthy thing it keeps us alive and give you a respect for things

Feb 23, 2007 03:17 AM #9
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

I have always been told and found in this business that real estate is a numbers game...the MORE people who you talk to...the MORE people you will find who want to work with you.....

For every NO...there is GOING to be a yes.....eventually....

=-D =-D

Feb 25, 2007 04:03 PM #10
Paul Anyanwu
CRS, SFR, Broker-Salesperson, Sales West Orange,NJ
No Iam not afraid of falling,if you fall you get up and try and learn from that fall and make sure you do not make the same mistake again.
Feb 25, 2007 11:58 PM #11
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


What's that?  :)

Sorry. That word is sooooo 'not' part of my vocabulary :)


Feb 26, 2007 12:30 AM #12
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