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Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge by Becky Blalock

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Chapter Six

Dare to Fail

Celebrate Failure as the Fast Track to Experience and Reward

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

Chinese proverb

Looking back on your career to date, how many times have you failed? If your list is short, don't pat yourself on the back and assume you must be poised to jump from mid-level to executive leadership. In fact, the reality may be quite the opposite. That lack of failure suggests first and foremost that you've resisted acting with the bold daring that characterizes the most successful leaders. Instead you've spent your career avoiding risk.

If you want to move forward, it's time to get up close and personal with failure. Failure is one of the most rapid ways to develop ...

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