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Getting Started Often Feels Like Failure

There’s an old saying that, “everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody’s willing to die to get there.”

Something similar may be said of success: everyone wants to be successful, but nobody wants to fail to get there.

By “fail”, I don’t mean “earth-shattering disappointment.” I mean “the experience of having to do what you love at a level of competence and quality that is less than ideal.”

Dramatic failures, the kind that’s emphasized in movies and biographies, only occur every so often.

The kinds of failures that lead to success, however, are the little ones we risk making every single day. Doing the things you have to do in order to achieve success will require you to fall short of your ideals on an almost continual basis, but it’s the only way to learn and grow.

Zig Ziglar said “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Chalmers Brothers defined learning as “…the process of doing what you don’t know how to do while you still don’t know how to do it.”

We all have goals and we all want success. But that means getting started. And getting started means getting acclimated to the fact that your starting point will often feel like a form of failure. When you encounter that feeling, know that it’s normal and keep moving forward.

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