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Why not fail at something you love?

fail at what you love


Perusing Facebook (as you do) early this morning I came across a segment of Jim Carey’s recent commencement speech to Maharishi University of Management’s class of 2014.

The piece was only one minute long but it was one minute that ended with a motivating fist-pump that filled my heart with warmth, joy and inspiration. So much so, I had to share it with you.


In case you don’t have a minute to spare because you are too busy, here are a few choice quotes:


“You could spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the path to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here.”


“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.”


“What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it.”


“I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it.”


And after a little anecdote about his father, the final fist-pumping kicker:


“I learned many great lessons from my Father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.”


I’ll give you a moment to soak that in. And a minute to watch or re-watch the video.




Why not take a chance at doing what you love?


Why not fail at something you love rather than something perceived as practical?


Since embarking on my writing journey I’ve learned so much, not only about writing, but also about myself. About my true self. I’ve listened to her, my true self, as her voice grew from a whimper, to a whisper, to a confident audible tone. One day perhaps even, a roar.

I’ve learned about failure and success. I’ve grown a tough skin accepting failure as a pathway to success, and a using it as a motivator to move forward, learn and grow.

It may have taken me 30 plus years but I know,deep down to my core, that I would rather fail at something I love doing that taste success in something that isn’t who I am.


 What about you?
Do you think it is a great theory but not so easy in practice?



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