Overcoming the Fear of Failure

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” -George Edward Woodberry

Failing holds so many women back from going after their dreams. Fear itself stops so many women from pursuing the things they want to accomplish.

I’ve seen it time and time again.

So today, I want to give you a little pep talk because your dreams are worth pursuing.

Listen, you are not too old.

You are not too young.

You are not too inexperienced, you are not too new.

You are not dumb or unqualified.

You don’t need to wait until everything is perfect.

You are smart enough, wise enough, talented enough.

You are gifted, strong and capable.

You are worth it and you are special. 

Don’t let failure stop you from doing what you have been created to do. And in case you need more encouragement:

At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.

At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.

At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.

At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.

At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.

At age 28, Wayne Coyne (from The Flaming Lips) was a fry cook.

At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.

At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.

At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.

Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.

Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.

Stan Lee didn’t release his first big comic book until he was 40.

Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42.

Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was 46.

Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at age 52.

Kathryn Bigelow only reached international success when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.

Grandma Moses didn’t begin her painting career until age 76.

Louise Bourgeois didn’t become a famous artist until she was 78.

Truly, I have discovered that the best way to overcome the fear of failure is to simply do. Don’t wait for your emotions to make things happen, make things happen and then your emotions will follow. 

Be brave and pursue your dreams today.