Will it Fly? How to Kill Your Fear of Failure

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Some months ago I had an idea.

Immediately, I got to work.

I am one person who doesn’t joke with ideas.

Whenever I get an idea, the next thing I start thinking about is execution.

So, I had the idea of organizing a workshop which I called WordPress Mastery.

Immediately, I started drafting plans. I reached out to my co-facilitators.

I got a graphic designer to design the flier. I wrote the copy.

Then I started promoting it – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, my email list and even ran a Facebook ad for it.

In fact, for the first time in my life, I printed a physical flier and paid someone to help me share it.

Boy! I was greeted with the shock of my life.

The day for the workshop kept drawing closer.

Nobody asked me, how far?

I was very very disappointed!

The day for the workshop came and no single soul signed up.

One thing I was grateful for was that I hadn’t paid for the venue which was 45k.

I apologized to my co-facilitators and moved on with my life.

A few months later, I organized another offline training.

I did everything needed to get people to sign up for the training.

In fact, I made it cheaper than the previous one.

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

Nobody signed up.

Instead, I was getting people from other states in Nigeria to sign up.

That was how I turned it into an online training.

Then finally, finally my people, the warri spirit in me won’t let me give up.

I organized another offline training nobody showed up.

All these trainings were to be held in Port Harcourt.

However, last week, I was recognized by Mediaville Project Nigeria as one of the 30 under 30 young leaders in Port Harcourt.

So, what if I hadn’t organized trainings nobody attended?

I packaged those things that were supposed to be taught in the training into online courses and made more money than I would have made in the training.

What am I driving at exactly?

Whenever we have an idea, the next question that comes to mind is, will it fly?

So you have this idea to sing a song, write a book, start a business, organize a conference, start a movement or just do something.

But you are plagued with the thought, “will it fly”?

Will anyone care? Will I get support?

Will anyone read my book?

What if nobody attends my training?

Oh dear!

I wish I had the answers to them.

I doubt if anyone does.

There’s no guarantee anywhere on earth whether your idea will fly or not.

But you’ve got to show up and share your ideas with the world.

Ask our celebrity musicians how many of their songs didn’t see the light of day.

Also, ask our celebrated thought leaders how many of their classes people didn’t show up at.

If nobody hears your voice, how are we going to learn your song?

Before you succeed in life, you have to experience 1,000 failures.

Mr Isaac Utere told us in our last Ignite meetup that we should try our hands on as many ideas as possible because we might not know the one that will make us fly.

Fail fast and move on to another thing.

If you don’t try it, you will not fail, if you don’t fail you won’t know what doesn’t work.

As a young person, don’t be scared of trying new things. Your age is your biggest advantage.

Fear and doubt have killed more dreams than cancer.

What if your idea doesn’t fly?

So what? You move on to another thing.

You’ve got an experience.

The faster you do it and fail the faster you move on to something else.

Many successful people we know today got to where they are by failing many times than they could count.

But that didn’t stop them.

They kept on working hard and moving fast.

In most cases, you won’t be known for the many ideas that didn’t work but for just that one that eventually works and changes everything for you.

Before you get to CNN or Forbes, you need to get to 100 small blogs with a relatively small audience.

Before you make one million Naira, you need to make 10k, 100k multiple times.

Before you have 100,000 followers, you need to start with 1-10 followers who don’t give an effff about you.

Before you get to speak before an audience of 1,000 people, you need to start with 10 people who don’t understand what the hell you’re saying.

Before you get to 1 million views on YouTube, you need to start with 5 views from your friends and family.

Before you start writing at $200/article, you need to start with $2/article.

Will it fly?

I don’t know.

But your ability to stand up and do it over and over and over again is what makes you a winner.

Put yourself out there.

Do stuff.

Forget about whether it will fly or not.

Just put in your all – Hard work, consistency, commitment, integrity, humility, perseverance, confidence and all.

Read also: “Your Dreams Are Valid” – Fight For Your Idea With The Last Drop of Your Blood

“If you must succeed in life, you must fight like a warrior. Attack with the madness of a wounded lion. Slay them all with your awesomeness. Demand for attention without any shame or reservation, not because you’re a peacock, but because you know you have so much to offer the world” – Promise Excel

P.S: This post was first seen on my Facebook profile.


2 thoughts on “Will it Fly? How to Kill Your Fear of Failure”

  1. Wow. I like your perseverance towards the training, even after it failed the first time. I tried selling some stuffs online, hopes up, then nothing. I won’t even think of trying it again. Once bitten, twice shy. But I think it’s time I try again, at least in a different way/approach.

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