Do not fear failure if you want to succeed

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The fear of failure has many names. You can call it procrastination if you want or any of the other countless names for not doing what you want to do in life. If you look at any successful person throughout history we always look at the accomplishments and the applause they have received for whatever they have done. But what few people realize is that for every success that, or any other, person has achieved they have failed countless times. But the difference between them and a person who doesn’t try is that they look at failure as a learning process and not the end.

In advertising I have won over 30 awards and I know many, many creatives I admire that have won a lot more, and at the major shows. Every single one of them, including me, has made some true howlers on work in the past. It sometimes even happens today but that is because if you want to grow, if you want to improve your abilities in anything in life; you have to accept failure as part of your training or learning, especially if you want to be the best you can possibly be at something.

Because we can all look at the best people in something we would like to achieve and say, “I’ll never be that good!” try saying to yourself that you will be as good as you can possibly be and that person is a person I will strive to be as good as. Be the best that YOU can be and you will soon find yourself growing at a rate you never dreamed you could. Be positive and take every failure as another valuable lesson on the road to success. Good luck, I for one, support you.


7 thoughts on “Do not fear failure if you want to succeed

  1. Nice post, Alan, and so true. Sometimes, we forget. It is important not to be so fearful that it inhibits us from performing or advancing. Falling down, at times, especially when first starting out is, often inevitable. Getting up and moving on is the thing to do. Every one fails. Continuing forward is something that every one doesn’t always do.

    Your best advice, “Be the best that YOU can be and you will soon find yourself growing at a rate you never dreamed you could. Be positive and take every failure as another valuable lesson on the road to success”, is a mouthful and dead-on.


    1. Thanks Kim. Yes my father always used to say to me when I was young that I should always try to the the best I can be. He would say look and learn from the best so you can improve yourself as much as possible. Take care Alan


      1. You’re welcome, Alan. Good advice from your dad, too. We have a lot in common. I’ve had that same advice. 🙂

        Thank you. May you be well, also. ~Kim


    1. There are many people who have won this many and a whole lot more than me. Our industry gives out awards like Willy Wonka gives out candy! But its always nice to receive recognition from your peers and makes the industry a constant driver towards excellence.


  2. Hey Alan, thanks for the insight about failure. Thomas Edison once said “show me a successful man, and I’ll show you a failure.” Anyway, I also work in advertising but currently I’m in Tianjin, China for some other unrelated business. I represent my ad firm- located in Clearwater, FL- as the Staff Photographer and Brand Strategist. You can check out some of the ads Ive worked on at Which company do you work for? or freelancer?


    1. Hi Dylan, Thank you for your comments. I actually work for Y&R in the UAE. I will definitely check out your website and will be in touch. All the best on your travels. Take care Alan


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