Why you need to embrace failure in order to find your passion

Find your passion

Exploration is a big part of finding your passion; you have to try different things, in different settings, in order uncover what you love. However, while exploring you also risk failing, which we tend to avoid. In this way, could a fear of failure hold us back?

In this TEDx Talk Cass Phillipps, the founder of FailCon, outlines how fear of failure stops us from exploring and discovering what we love. She argues that this fear intensifies as we get older as we have more risks to consider. In order to overcome this fear, she suggests you have to learn to love the challenge, and consider the worst and best that could come from taking a risk.

Do you think embracing failure will help you find your passion? Share your thoughts below.

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    • Jessaca Rowe
    • October 21, 2014

    Thank you! The daily articles I receive are helpful in my current job search.

    1. Thanks for reading, Jessaca!

    • Veronica
    • October 21, 2014

    This was interesting reading. Thank you.

  1. I’m starting to definitely adopt this line of thinking. Failing because you are trying is (in the end) a step towards success.

    • Elaine
    • November 13, 2014

    Thank you!! The article is right on time.

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    • Cassie Pierson
    • January 29, 2015

    Failure is scary. The thought of knowing that you are not good enough or that you will fail is a though thing to over come, I would know. Failure should really be my middle name. My whole life so far had been me trying to push down those thoughts and not being scared anymore of trying something I know I may fail at. Trying new things is always going to be scary, especially if you may fail. But when I was about seventeen I decided to not let my thoughts get in the way of me applying to college and moving away form home. Every time I submitted an application I always intended to get the rejection letter instead of an acceptance letter no matter the school. Through out high school I hated trying new things. I would go to school, go to soccer, then just go home and play with my dogs because the outside of the normal scared me. So when I got my first acceptance letter to Northern Arizona University I realized that maybe instead of thinking I that I will fail at anything new, that I might actually succeed and be good. I was good enough for college. That was my one dream from elementary school and up. And I achieved it even thinking that I as going to fail.

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