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Fear of failure

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It happens to everyone. You think of a new idea and instantly your brain comes up with multiple reasons why the idea is bound to fail. If you happen to mention your brilliant new idea to members of your family or work colleagues, almost inevitably, they will point out what’s wrong with the idea and why it can’t work.

Bear in mind that it is easier to find fault with a new idea, than come up with an original idea in the first place.

“An inventor fails 999 times & if he succeeds once he’s in. He treats his failures as practice shots.” ~ Charles Kettering (or she, indeed)

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” ~ Matt Biondi

The answer is to stop worrying about other people’s opinions. This may not be such an easy thing to do, however, it is worth it.

Creative thinking is a habit. Have you noticed that some people are always coming up with new ideas, whilst other people seldom do so? Everyone is capable of creative thought. The creative thinkers within our society keep using this skill and are unphazed by failure.

It is not the quality of your ideas and whether they will work or not. It is the fear of what other people will think of you or say to you that can stop creative thinking in its tracks.

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