“It is better to attempt something great and fail, than to attempt nothing and succeed.”
- Dr. Robert Schuller
Dr. Robert Schuller, founder of the Crystal Cathedral and famous televangelist, believed that risking failure to attempt greatness was more valuable than never attempting greatness at all.
In this context, it is valuable to realize that success (in and of itself) is not always a valuable achievement. Instead, the value of success depends on what was achieved. It is easy to succeed at doing nothing. If your goals in life are to just plod through each day, get home from work, watch some television, and repeat the cycle – then you will likely succeed! But the value of that achievement pales in comparison to somebody else’s failure, if the failure occurred on their road to greatness.
So ask yourself today what you are attempting to achieve. Are you attempting greatness? Or are you attempting to continue a status quo existence? If you have dreams of achieving more – dreams of accomplishing something greater in life – don’t let fear of failure get in your way!
An additional note for entrepreneurs:
The quote above applies perhaps more deeply for entrepreneurs than for any other group of people. As defined:
entrepreneur: A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so. (in fact, risk has been part of the definition of “entrepreneur” since the term was first coined in the 1700′s)
So attempting greatness at the risk of failure has formed the foundation for every entrepreneurial venture ever begun. So if you are starting a business, memorize Dr. Schuller’s quote above and use it to remember the value of your achievements! Use it as motivation to drive toward your goals!
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