Overcoming Fear of Failure

by | Nov 18, 2023 | LinkedIn Newsletter

LinkedIn Newsletter – by Steven Weigler

Recently, I spontaneously walked into my neighborhood bar, grabbed the microphone, and sang.

When I was younger, I was probably the last person to volunteer to sing karaoke. I don’t have the strongest voice. I don’t like to look like an idiot. I generally don’t like to draw attention to myself.

Most importantly, despite my love of music, I was always scared I would screw up.

Fast forward several years, and I am almost certain that certain judges, attorneys, and clients think I have acted like an idiot. I have gotten used to drawing attention to myself. And yes, although I am vigilant in succeeding in whatever I endeavor, I sometimes screw up.

I am not alone on these occasional gaffes. Excellent movie producers make some bad movies; entrepreneurs don’t always build successful businesses; venture capital doesn’t always invest in home runs, and attorneys do not always try winning cases.

The commonality is that by putting themselves out there, they are acting on their passion and experiencing life. Age brings wisdom, and by reflecting on my various experiences, I have realized that outside chatters shouldn’t affect internal passion.

So getting up on a stage and spontaneously singing karaoke was amazing, regardless of what the audience thought (most were not listening).

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