This Realization Destroyed My Fear Of Failure.


The fear of failure used to stop me from taking action all the time.

I had no shortage of ideas, that’s for sure. But ideas are worthless if you don’t act, and the fear of failure paralyzed me.

Until I started to see failure in a different light:

Failure is a necessity for success.

People often believe life is like an endless succession of crossroads. At each crossroad, you either succeed or you fail. That’s it: no do-overs, no way back.

In reality failure is more like a stepping stone needed to get to success. It’s on the same path, not a side track.

Let me explain by taking an example from my life:

  • Six years ago I failed to run a sunglass webshop, but it taught me valuable digital marketing lessons.
  • Four years ago I failed to run a travel blog, but it taught me how to build a WordPress website.

Both projects have been terminated and might be considered a failure in the traditional sense of the word, but they gave me the knowledge and confidence to build Wisdom for Goldfish.

Stepping stones, not dead ends.

Wisdom for Goldfish might become a success or it might become the next terminated side project… whatever happens, its lessons will prepare me for my next project.

It’s a win no matter what.

Stop being afraid of failure, it’s a necessity. Keep showing up and take its lessons with you to your next gig.

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Wesley van der Hoop

Dutchman living in The Bahamas. I get excited about digital marketing, writing, traveling, surfing and learning new things.

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