24 July 2012 @ 09:58 pm
What would you attempt, if you knew you couldn't fail?
Today I saw a sticker that had this written on it and it made me think. I know it's an old question really, it was probably a LJ meme too at some time, but I have never put any thoughts in it before.

Does fear of failure really hold one back from attempting to do what they want? Does this apply to me? I tend to think that if I haven't tried something I will never know the outcome and wonder for the rest of my life about what could have been, but in some cases this is still true. For example I wouldn't attempt to win the lottery because I know the chances are very very little to even get the money you invested back. Although, it's not fear that holds me back but more a case of not wanting to give the state even more money on top of all the taxes and stuff. Then there's of course a lot of stuff that just doesn't work in the real world. Like, I wouldn't attempt to fly because jumping from a high building leads to a big mess on the ground in ten out of ten cases.

Other than attempting to win the lottery I would attempt to learn to play an instrument properly. Because now I think I'm really too old and have too little time and it's just not worth spending the money on something that will never really happen.

So, what's your answer to this? Lottery is taken already ... and I think we can all agree on the one anyway.
what: David Bowie - Cat people
how: curious
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n7of9[personal profile] n7of9 on July 29th, 2012 - 03:44 am
all your examples (lottery, flying, instrument) are based on logic, and logic has no place in 'fear'

i think fear of failure is a result of a goal-oriented society...we teach children that they can BE anything or anyone if they try hard enough, and then humanity's inherent insecurities turns that into 'i musn't have tried hard enough, ergo i failed"

anyone who doesn't attempt something because of a fear of failure has more problems than missing out on what they would have otherwise attempted...even the original question "What would you attempt, if you knew you couldn't fail?" by definition accepts that NOT attempting something from fear of failure is ok

...unless i am putting too much though into it and they merely wanted to know if i'd attempt to be Wonder Woman
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charon: Tardis[personal profile] charon on July 29th, 2012 - 10:13 am
I never thought about the logic thing, but it's true because it's pretty much the way I am. I guess I don't make many decisions that are not based on logic and I couldn't give an answer when asked about my illogical fears ...
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