Exploration and the risk of failure

This past couple of weeks I have read quite a few blog posts about business, project management, life, religion, innovation, entrepreneurship and community management. But the most profound post, the shortest yet effect one for me was Seth’s post on Exploration and the risk of failure.

People seem to be in one of two categories:

  • Those who seek stability, affiliation, work worth doing and the assurance it (whatever it is) will be okay.
  • Those who explore, need to know that failure is an option and quest to make a dent in the universe.

You can be in either category, the world needs and rewards both. But pick a brand and a job and a posture that matches your category, or you’ll fail, and be miserable until you do.

Hint: there is no category of: “does risky exploration, never fails.”

I was in the first category, but today I’m leaning towards the second 🙂

How about you? Bit of both?

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  1. Steven Pressfield says:
    we are having 2 lives: one we live and second one is unlived life within us.

    In my opinion, to be truly alive means to live both lives or the best way is to merge it. And that is “helluva” project, I can tell!;-)

    Risk it, fail, but LIVE.

    1. Hey Ivana – first comment on my blog, honoured! Now I just need Seth to comment, yah right! Anyways, thanks, well said and true!

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