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Making Things Happen

It’s just that simple. Either you do. Or you do not. And, there are countless ways to put lipstick on the topic. There are entire books written about execution, shipping something, or the like.

But it just comes down to did you? Did you not? And, Why?

Parallel to discussions of making things happen, you find discussions of failure. No one wants to fail. Failing sucks. Trust me. I know it. You know it.

But we can’t learn without failing (more frequently than we may like) on the way to success.

Failure, at least for a bit, seems to have been let out of the closet it normally hides in. Like the rare vampire than can stand in withstand daylight, its out in the open this month. This month Harvard Business Review‘s magazine (April) is focused on the topic of failure. Seth Godin also spoke about failure recently.

Failure, the fear of, is even the focus of an online periodical, fear.less. If you’ve not wandered over to fear.less yet, I encourage you to do so. Borrowing from their About statement, “fear.less is a free online magazine that empowers people through unique stories of overcoming fear. From entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists and scientists to survivors of extreme experiences, these stories demonstrate the hidden potential we have to confront our fears and come out victorious.”

The key point about fear is that it’s an impediment each of us must overcome in order to be successful. Fear holds everyone back, some more than others. Some are accomplished at putting it aside and driving forward. Others let it dominate their lives and inhibit making things happen. We’re fortunate that, now, like no other time in my own life, the discussion of fear is more openly discussed than ever.

So, my call to action for you is to take a fresh look at fear; what it is; what it’s impact on you may be; and, some of the great thinking going on about how to deal with it. Visit, Seth Godin’s blog, and fear.less.

Share your thoughts, your fears, your feelings. I’d appreciate hearing from you.


  1. PeterW

    Very relevant post for these (still) uncertain times as employees adapt to job-shift (re-orgs, unemployment, etc.) I often recall the manta of our former CEO, “Fail Fast Forward”. Many didn’t understand it — or merely misinterpretted it — but I associate to the quips from Patton …

    “If everybody’s thinking alike, somebody isn’t thinking.”

    “I would rather have a good plan today than a perfect plan two weeks from now.”

    “Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.”

    and I’ll throw in one to sum the others …

    “Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.”


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