Success and failure are faces of the same coin, yet failure affects us more. Despite it being perceived as a stepping stone to success, for many failure is the end of the road.
Most of us live in constant fear of being judged and refuse to even peep out of our socially-accepted comfort zones. What we fail to understand is this fear of judgement will make us sluggish and eventually lead us to our doom.
Edison failed 10,000 times
Fear of judgement makes us vulnerable to criticism and corrodes our creativity. All originality is lost as we push ourselves to come up with ideas to appease the crowd, ultimately leading to failure. Almost all of us have experienced this. An ideal example of this is when we mumble words, instead of confidently offering our opinions in a meeting. Caught amid a billion negative thoughts, there are times when we start to sweat and find it difficult to even open our mouths–feeling like victims of furtive whispers and hostile sniggers in the workplace, when none of it is true.
Had American scientist Thomas Alva Edison feared being judged for failing, he would not have invented the electric bulb. When asked about the arduous path he took, he is supposed to have said, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
The Jobs story
With start-ups being the order of the day, one thing is evident. Most successful organisations have emerged from unconventional ideas put forth by individuals who had the courage to crush their fear and were ready to face any hurdles. At this juncture, I am strongly reminded of one of the greatest inventors of our time–Steve Jobs, who redefined the wired world with his brilliant work at Apple.
Fear of judgement makes us vulnerable to criticism and corrodes our creativity. All originality is lost as we push ourselves to come up with ideas to appease the crowd, ultimately leading to failure.