What’s standing between you and [that thing]?

You’re stuck.

You’re in a rut

and you feel like you don’t know how to get out of it.

 

It’s that $500 project

or that $5000 project.

 

It’s the repetitive work that doesn’t seem to end

the same clients who want the same thing.

 

It’s the product you’ve been wanting to create.

The course you’re hesitant to launch.

That freelance business you don’t know how to start.

 

Heck, maybe it’s not even about business…

 

Maybe it’s personal!

It’s the beautiful woman you’re afraid to say “hello” to

That handsome gentleman you’re too nervous to approach.

 

It doesn’t matter what it is

It’s [that THING] you WANT

really bad.

But there’s something between you

and [that THING]

 

What is it that’s stopping you?

It’s fear.

 

You are afraid.

You’re afraid to fail

you’re afraid to FALL

so flat on your face

That you’ll look like a total idiot.

 

And everyone will judge you

it will be so embarrassing

that you’ll never attempt to try anything new again.

 

But what if you just

accepted failure?

Accept that you’re going to FALL

Do you think you’ll EVER succeed

If you don’t ever FAIL?

 

Go ahead!

Look like an idiot

sound silly

be embarrassed

fall on your face

get rejected

fail

fall

fail

fall

fail

 

Then succeed

then do it all over again.

 

You will never win

(not even once)

if you don’t play

and be willing to lose.

 

Your life isn’t a tournament

Every day you are alive

you get to play again.

So if you lose one time

it doesn’t mean the game is over.

You get to play again

and again!

 

Therefore, you must embrace your fear

of failing

of falling

As the reason why

you will get to win.

 

So keep playing.

 

“If failure is not an option, neither is success.”
— Seth Godin

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  • Thank you for speaking straight from the heart. It’s one of the most authentic non-BS posts I’ve read from anyone…everyone else seems to have a motive to sell me something and I’ve done that already and have gotten nowhere but broke. So I’m failing now or i have failed because I haven’t really started and the only left for me to do is to start again because there is no “trying”…just keep moving forward and keep going. Thanks again!!

  • Ronnie Yego

    Thanks Brad,Fan number 1,you have changed my attitude,Kaka Brad(brother Brad) youre changing lives here in Kenya too!!!!!!!

  • sulyman

    Brad,
    Your write up is dope and am super psyched to read it. keep it coming am really inspired! best.

  • Tim Gazes

    Another great bite size blog Brad.

  • Diana Tudor

    These are words you want to hear from anyone, or everyone but when they come from your role model they have so much more power and meaning. I admire you so much Brad, thank you for your amazing Ultimate web design and development course and for being so awesome. Such a fun and smart guy. I would pay you to come and have a 10 min chat with me in London (maybe when I will be able to affort it haha). You rock! 🙂

    • Thank you, Diana! I’m honoured to hear such kind words. I’m very glad to be of service 🙂

  • Becky Bair

    This is awesome and inspiring – thank you for sharing! It shows we are all in this and feeling the same – we are not alone. 🙂

  • Beyan Degoriseh Mulbah

    Great words from a great mentor! thanks Brad.

  • Sofia Chand

    I started with your course in Udemy and have done many of your courses. Honestly, your enthusiasm, the fun you have in creating the videos, keeps me hooked on. I have tried other resources but none of them are half as entertaining and grasping as yours, besides being knowledgeable of course:-). I have practiced the designing part quite a bit with HTML CSS and Bootstrap and have now started working on JavaScript. Sometimes the logic evades me and is disheartening but your words surely put me right back on track. Thank you for being an important part of my ‘by40’ bucket list! I hope I can make it!

    • Thank you for being a student, Sofia 🙂

  • Sahar Halim

    Wow Brad! This is exactly what i needed thank you so much for your brilliantly inspiring emails 🙂

  • akin enilolobo

    Its right on-point for me this morning. When I woke up, tired and afraid, much work to be done and many have started asking what is wrong. Thank you Brad, I just gain my strength back.

  • Katalin Zongor

    Love every word! We’re too much conditioned to avoid taking risks and fail to look normal. But what is normal? Boring! 🙂

  • Obinna Okoroafor

    Your greatest success in life is waiting for you right after you conquer your greatest fears. Everything we ever want in life is on the other side of fear. It’s impossible to reach our true potential if we don’t face our greatest fears.

    “I have learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear” – Nelson Mandela.

    My goal is to be come a web developer —
    1. It’s 3.33am in Nigeria
    2. I am running a generating set to have electricity in order to read and learn online.
    3. I am ignoring comfort to pursue this dream …
    4. I will do whatever it takes to make it happen … bring it on my fears! You just met your doom!

    • Robert Bepko

      You will get it Obinna. You respect it more than most. You do.

    • Love this, Obinna! Thank you for sharing this.

  • Philip Argent

    Brad, your last couple of posts have been very helpful, and just what I needed to hear…er, read. Thank you!

    • I’m glad I’ve been on the mark 🙂 Thanks for reading, Philip!

  • Amethystmyth

    Your latest posts have been exactly what I need, Brad. Have been getting scared and thinking I should just go back to “workin’ for the man” but your posts have been giving me inspiration to stick it out. Thanks so much!

    • This is awesome to hear. You’re most welcome 🙂

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