Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Fear of failure rules and ruins lives

"Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk—and to act."
- Maxwell Maltz

Western societies teach a fear of failure. It begins early in the school systems, if not before that.

Interestingly, while this fear of failure produces a large proportion of law-abiding and relatively peaceful people, it also results in followers who are easily led by people who propose the most preposterous excuses for committing immoral actions.

What Hitler did with Germans and the Japanese military leaders did with Japanese soldiers during the Second World War are the best examples.

Those who take chances, bet on their ideas, or who blow the whistle on law-breakers, have more respect for themselves than they do for those around them.

Bravo! for the risk-takers, for they know they can rebuild after failure. Those who do not take risks never look beyond the possibility of failure.

This raises an intersting question to which I do not have an answer. Do some people not think of death as the ultimate failure or the ultimate betrayal?

As absurd as this sounds, the behaviour of some people when a loved one dies cannot be accounted for in any other obvious way.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to show everyone that there is life after failure. It can be a good life.
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