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This is How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure

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When Pablo Picasso was an old man, he was sitting in a cafe, scribbling on a napkin.

He didn’t know it, but a woman sitting near him was looking on in awe.

A couple of minutes later, Picasso finished his coffee, crumpled up the napkin, and was

about to throw it away. But the woman stopped him and said “Can

I have that napkin? I’ll pay you for it.” “Sure,” said Picasso. “That will be

twenty thousand dollars.” The woman was stunned. “What? It only took

you two minutes to draw that”. “No, ma’am,” Picasso replied. “It

took me over 60 years to draw this.” Picasso lived to be 91. When he passed away

in 1973, he had amassed a net worth of around $500 million, and his art had become famous

all over the world. His output was exceptionally prolific. The

total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising a large number

of paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, tapestries, and rugs.

By honing his craft for decades, Picasso eventually reached a point where he could charge twenty

thousand dollars for a two-minute napkin scribble. Or, at least, deliver a pretty damn cool one-liner

about it. Anyway, the takeaway here is that mastery

takes time. Therefore, we need to be consistent in our practice. And to do that we need to

be able to make mistakes without losing momentum or giving up.

To become really good at what you do, you have to be comfortable failing at it.

To become remarkable, you have to be willing to fail more than anyone else around you.

When you were a kid, you didn’t think twice about learning to walk.

It didn’t matter what the results happened to be in one single attempt; you just kept