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Dare To Fail #MondayMusings

Last year,I was inspired to make ‘daring greatly‘ my phrase for the year, after reading Brené Brown’s book of the same name – And I did dare greatly on the emotional front  and saw the fruits of that showing already this year. I can see myself being more together with regard to my emotions and choices.

There are some areas in which I started to dare, but gave up for fear of failing. These include driving a car and painting on a regular basis. Perhaps, I’m still too caught up with the notion of trying to get it right the first time, forgetting that learning is all about failing and starting over. As they say, the word ‘Fail’ is an acronym for ‘First Attempt In Learning’.

Dare To Fail

I’ve been thinking of all the areas in which I’m holding back for fear of failure. I realize it’s so silly for me not to try out new things. Life is too short not to fail! I’m going to be using my time, my gifts and energy to try out new things, even if I fall flat on my face sometimes. I’m going to dare to fail a lot more.

When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.

Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience.
Brené Brown

What one thing have you been putting off for fear of failure? Will you dare to fail?


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  1. Niharika Niharika February 13, 2016

    Dare to fail is an inspiring post . Nicely penned .
    <3 this post because it acts like an reminder that 'We should never loose hope '
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  2. Angel Stew & Devil's Brew Angel Stew & Devil's Brew February 12, 2016

    This goes hand in hand with my year of deepening my faith Corinne because I truly believe the opposite of faith is in fact fear. – Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  3. Shantala Shantala February 11, 2016

    This is just what I needed to read today. I am in the middle of making a very important career decision, and the struggle is real. The fear of failure does cloud our judgement and affect our decisions. Thank you for sharing this. I needed to read this now.
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  4. Kala Ravi Kala Ravi February 11, 2016

    This was so inspiring Corinne. I have dared at many things in live, but persevering at them is what I haven’t done. Daring yet losing hope and faith in oneself and the whole venture is something I aspire to come out of. Great post Corinne….keep daring and keep persevering!

  5. richa singh richa singh February 11, 2016

    Dare to fail? That is my target off late.. I believe when you create the idea of failure in your mind success has better meanings.

  6. Parul Parul February 10, 2016

    We are all scared to fail cos as humans we are conditioned to believe that failure is something not expected of us. However, failure is equally critical to succeed. That’s why we need to fail and dare to fail so that we can grow. Great post and such an important reminder Corinne!
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  7. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara February 9, 2016

    I have a few areas where fear is preventing me from stepping into…thank you for this reminder that we can get past it and delights can await!

  8. dreamzandclouds dreamzandclouds February 9, 2016

    With every passing birthday I am more confident of my choices and desires. Fear of failure is something which holds us back but once we break free the feeling is too good & worth the efforts! 🙂
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  9. Esha Esha February 9, 2016

    Love the post, Corinne! As I’m getting older, I’m beginning to worry less about what people think or how I will fail. I just feel that time is running out…better give it a shot and see. At the worst, I’ll fail which is better than not trying at all…and most of the time, I do better than I think. So, I have now concluded, fear is all in the mind, and that is encouraging me to push my boundaries a little further each day 🙂

  10. Anamika Agnihotri Anamika Agnihotri February 9, 2016

    My fear lies in daring to let my mind speak, in unfavourable circumstances. Keeping mum comes naturally to me that speaking up requires too much of effort. Yes, I should dare myself. If I do it, I will end up shooing away people from me but let me take a chance.
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  11. Lizzi Lizzi February 9, 2016

    Interesting. I’ve never feared failure, or making a fool of myself because I feel mostly foolish anyway, and it confirms to me something about myself, and failure, and lack of capability, which I’m (too?) comfortable with.

    That said, I have some Big Scary Hopes and Dreams now, of moving to the US, of working and training and building a life there, to be closer to the people who are so SO important to me. The prospect of failing at this is nearly paralysing, not because it will mean I’ve failed (which I admit is always a possibility, through my own ineptness) but because it will mean such incredible pain and loss.

  12. Lori Carlson Lori Carlson February 8, 2016

    Wonderful thought-provoking musing and quotes! I’ve been putting off publishing a book of poetry because I don’t think my work is good enough. Who would buy it? Who would want to read it? All of those doubts cloud my mind. I think I just need to take the plunge though and do it. I have over 500 poems. Surely some of them would be good enough to be read by others. Right? see, still doubting…

  13. rajlakshmi rajlakshmi February 8, 2016

    I feel as I am growing older I have become more daring. I don’t care if I fail or not. Last year with the same ‘enthu’ I took the plunge and learnt swimming. 🙂 This year I am daring myself to learn driving. {Well I am still sort of warming up to the idea, it scares me!!}
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  14. Mahathi Ramya Mahathi Ramya February 8, 2016

    I loved this definition of FAIL – first attempt in learning, Corinne. I have to dare to drive my 4 wheeler and yes, I am ready to attempt now. From childhood, I always used to resist any new change in my life, but slowly I am learning that Change is the only constant in life. Though I am not completely changed yet to welcome change, At least i started thinking positive about change.
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  15. Vinitha Vinitha February 8, 2016

    Yes, dare to fail. It isn’t about the failing we have to focus, it is the learning from the failings which certainly will help in getting closer to success one day. For me, it would be learning App Development, which I am very interested in and had started, even created basic apps on my phone but discontinued the next steps just because I fear failure. Another one is writing the story I want to write. I am putting it off deliberately now, because I fear judgements and failure. I know it sounds stupid. Your post came at the right time, Corinne.

  16. Lux G. Lux G. February 8, 2016

    Failure is the best teacher. 🙂

  17. BellyBytes BellyBytes February 8, 2016

    As usual your post inspired me and I dared to fail. This time I passed and the result is my ability to upload YouTube on my blog. Thanks for your thought provoking post

  18. Lata Sunil Lata Sunil February 8, 2016

    Driving it was for me too, but driving or riding a scooter when I did not know to ride or balance a bicycle. Around 5 years back, at the ripe old age of 35/36, I took the plunge. It was a funny sight with one overweight lady with no sense of balance trying to learn the trick which children do it with their eyes closed. I fell down twice, nearly hit someone once, someone hit me once. But I wanted to be independent and took a month to get just the balancing right. But, here I am today after 5 years, completely independent. You go girl, you will learn it.

  19. nabanita nabanita February 8, 2016

    It has to be driving…I’m yet to get the hang of it..It scares me and I worry I’ll end up hurting someone but I need to overcome this fear..I don’t want to spend my life without learning how to drive…I’m going to try it once more and this time try and overcome my fear

  20. Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek February 8, 2016

    Dare to Fail and the Quote – Great Inspiration for a new week ……. Thanks for sharing, Corinne….:)

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