Ep215: Practice, Risk & The Necessity of Failure

27 minutes

What if trying new things was like football training camp, and you had an audience – and even media – present while you were trying to figure things out? Wish you had time to practice something new in private instead? Maybe it’s not as simple as one or the other. 

Why is that important for business? 

To be successful in business, we need to give people the freedom to try and fail and evolve. And it would be nice to be able to do that in private. But there is also the danger that you can get stuck in a “getting ready to be ready” place. So how do you practice in a lower stakes environment that still matters enough so that you can evolve? 

You are not going to be able to own your new skill until you experience it. No words that can replace the feeling of doing stuff. But you also need to discern where it’s time to graduate and up your game. As Ira Glass talks about in this video, you know what good is, but when you start, you are aware that you aren’t that. You have to play through that gap. If you don’t recognize that that gap is supposed to be there, you might practice in that quiet place forever. 

And while it’s perfectly acceptable to slowly get your feet wet instead of jumping directly into the deep end, you still have to build your confidence through action. Confidence can only come through action. 

In business, it needs to be okay to fail. Some lessons can only be learned the hard way, and you need to expect that. If you don’t find ways to move forward, then you risk staying stuck exactly where you are. 

The price that you pay to satisfy the need to get better is the risk of embarrassment. 

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