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Fear of Failure

If you ever ask someone why they chose to go for the safe career verses their instinctual passion, you'll hear a wide range of of reasons as to why the passionate career wouldn't have or couldn't have worked. I look at myself and those around me and wonder what if failure wasn't an option? What if whatever you set out to do comes to fruition? Unfortunately folks, failure is inevitable. The question is why does failure stop a person before they even start? The answer to that questions is quite simple and I'm going to tell you exactly what it is.

Public opinion. Now I use the term "public" very loosely because the word "public" is in the eye of the beholder. For one person public could mean family opinion... (mom or dad's views). For another that could mean close friends, people at school, or work or those you grew up with. At any rate, public opinion plagues us all. Deep down we want to be liked, respected, and have it all under control. That notion is the very reason that a small percentage of people go on to be successful. That 2 out of 10 people who go for it without regrets, without looking back and learning from every trial and error. What I want to emphasize today is just go for it. No one is going to believe in you if you don't believe in yourself. If you are a part of this time we are living in opinions change like the season. Perception is a fabricated reality. Live your truth out loud because an opinion is simply that... an opinion and nothing more. You give power to words only when you entertain them.

Dear Students,

Growing up in this current cultural climate it seems as though you can be anything you want, whenever you want for whatever duration you want and be done when you want. I'd like to encourage you to shoot for the goals you dream of achieving without the fear of failure telling you that you can't do it. I also want to caution you about the level of handwork it really takes to achieve anything worthwhile. There are no shortcuts and if you want to reach your internalized definition of success start with the two twins I like to call "Consistency and Discipline". From there keep going, keep learning, and keep growing.

-Dean Felder

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