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What's Stopping You: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can, 2nd Edition by Robert Kelsey

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FAILURE AS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE

Any focus on fear of failure needs to look closely at the fear of failure – the fact our dread of failure is so powerful it disables our actions. So can failure ever be viewed as nothing to fear? In fact, can it ever be viewed positively? The answer is yes, if that’s how we decide to view it. View it as a milestone or lesson on the way to success, then that’s what it will be. View it, meanwhile, as a final result and therefore a condemnation of our character and – indeed – that too will be the near-certain result.

My writing “career” is a strong case in point with respect to the self-fulfilling nature of our view of failure. Having spent the last 18 months of my banking career “reverse commuting” to Greenwich, ...

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