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What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail?

What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail?

Ever since I was a little kid, this has been my favorite question: “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”

A teacher presented this to me one day in class when I wasn’t exactly living up to my full potential. At first, I dismissed it as kids often do, but it stuck with me for days. When I finally directed my full attention to it, I became quite fond of it, and the way it sparked my imagination.

As a kid, I thought that question was simply fun, but as an adult I understand its true brilliance.

For just a second, it allows us put our fears on hold. It gives us the permission to admit to ourselves the truth about what we want. Whether it’s that deep down we want to be an astronaut, rock star, or President of the United States, we all have unreasonable dreams and ambitions. However, we’re so terrified we won’t achieve them, we hide them from ourselves.

Instead, we tell ourselves that we don’t know what we want to do, or that we’re waiting for a sign, or that we’re still weighing our “options”. But the truth of course, is that we generally know what we want. And to ignore that is silly, and unproductive.

When you make a real decision, the world magically organizes around it. I have a friend, Barry, who is a full time accountant, terrified to admit that he wants to be a professional screenwriter. I told him to immediately create a website and print business cards for his new career and the right people and opportunities might begin to show up. I’m not referring to the Law of Attraction (I’m agnostic in that regard) – I’m speaking about a much more practical phenomenon….Continue reading at

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3:11PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

What would you do if you knew you'd succeed?

2:51PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

Great article. I'd get in TOP shape and lose lots of weight!

11:04AM PST on Jan 29, 2014


3:51AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Good article, thanks

3:59PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

An amazing question! Something I shall always remember!

7:09AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Great question.

6:01AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

End War!!!!!

5:04AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

That would be great!

4:02AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Repeated failure

3:56PM PST on Jan 25, 2014

While there are two sides to everything ... believe most already have this attitude and their choices will display them, for good or bad. Welcome to the circle of life -- from which we never seem to learn and so repeat.

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