Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Mantra for business and life

As I was chowing down on an entire bag of Dove Milk Chocolates, I read every single quote typed up on the foil.

Little thoughts, and mantras that women have submitted to the company that inspire them. Usually I think they are cheesy and very "fortune cookie" but one I read today made me really think.

"What would you do if you could not fail?"

WOW. It got me to think how many things in life we hold back from doing because we are afraid of failure and rejection. Everything from taking our first steps as infants to asking our crush out, to pushing a new idea to a business partner. Everything we do involves making choices and from what I witness it has become so very easy to take the less challenging road and stick with what we know.
"We fear change"

I know personally, I have let fear lead my life. I never asked for a raise or promotion at work because I was happy and complacent with where I was at. In my business I'm finding myself struggling to network and market because I am afraid that people will see me as a goof.

If I could do anything and not fail it would be something along the lines of saying hello to every single person in a busy place; mall, airport, college lecture even.

SO... what would you do if you could not fail?? I would love to hear what you are holding back from doing, or have held back from doing in the past due to a "fear" of failure or rejection.


  1. Thanks for stopping by to say hello. I'm a new follower.

  2. I am now following you thanks to New Friends Friday and it would be nice if you could share the love back on my blog!
    Also today we have the coolest blog hop there is... no rules just fun and would love you to join in with us at Boost My Blog Friday :)
    Happy Friday!

  3. I've gotten that one and thought about it a lot. That's why I'm writing and taking photos and doing what I think I'm really the best at!

    I am here for the Friday blog hops; I am your newest follower. Hope to see you at Dropped Stitches!

    xo Erin

  4. Thanks for stopping by, I am your newest follower! This post is amazing.I love your new mantra! it is true. I have always been a where there is a will there is a way kinda girl and the whole failure is not an option is my mantra. That being said, mommyhood has totally enveloped my life and I don't feel like I am afraid to pursue anything..just seriously too tired and busy. But I am working on changing that. I have been working on making myself a priority in my own life ( I"ve been doing a Be a Better Me Challenge all month in celebration of my Birthday 9/25). I won't lie, my dream ( if failure was impossible) would be to start with an online or IRL weekly column on Motherhood, then a book, then parlay that into a whole The TRUTH about Motherhood empire. My blog was the first step. I think its time to take the next one and start submitting. Thanks for the reminder. Happy Friday!

  5. I've had so many people tell me I should start a sewing/quilting business. I've made scrubs for my co-workers, quilts for special people, costumes for my (now adult) kids for Otakon and Conneticon (mostly anime-based), and done minor alterations and repairs for friends. When I look on sites like etsy and eBay, I see SOOO many items for sale that I feel my stuff would have no chance of selling with all that competition. How do you get the confidence to even start????

  6. You had me at chocolate!

    This is a great post. At the end of my first marriage, I started living by a new mantra: "those who fear the thorns, will never pick the roses." it hasn't failed me yet! Ps- you just inspired a future blog post! Smooches!