Ramit Sethi

Below we are sharing excerpts from one of our favorite blogger’s recent posts. Ramit Sethi shares his thoughts about failure – take special note of his goal to fail 4x a month!

I fell down at a bowling alley.

The best part of this video is that, seconds before I fell, I literally walked over to my friend, said, “Record this,” and handed them my phone, like I was some world-champion bowler.

I wanted to get the video of me taking down this spare so I could brag on Instagram.

Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly go the way I wanted:

By the way, if you go wander over to my Instagram profile, this is the only one you’ll see:

Ramit goes into his bowling antics to show just how nobody talks about failure (except us of course, every Friday!). He points out that people go out of their way to live “public lives of perfection,” when in reality everyone is failing, falling down and just trying to figure it all out. And what happens when that becomes the norm?

Over time, we get so burned by failing that we decide to give up the “child’s mind” where we used to try all kinds of new things. Now it’s just easier to not try anything new at all. Learn a new language? No, that’s too hard. Try that new workout? Ugh, what’ll happen if I’m the worst in the class?

It’s so easy to stay in the shadows. It’s COMFORTABLE there. Nobody looks at you, and nobody points at you and laughs.

But you also never take a risk to stand out and try something new.

And so he asks the fantastic question: “Which would you rather have? A safe life where nobody points at you…and you’re the same as everyone else?”

Most of us claim we want to take risks. But if you really did, you would naturally fail as part of the process. So — when was the last time you failed? A week ago? A month ago? Longer?

In Gmail, I have a “Failures” tag, and if I’m not failing at least 4x/month, I know I’m not trying enough new things. If the answer is “I can’t really think of an example,” maybe you’re not actually taking enough risks.

Ramit’s overarching point: you can’t do anything great without failing. It is a natural part of growing. So, when is the last time you failed?

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