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    Default Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?

    Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightsun View Post
    Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?






    ..... It depends on what it is.

    For example, if I decide I'm going to jump over the Grand Canyon on a motorcycle, it is better to not attempt it at all than to try and fail. (The same goes for Greco-wrestling a great white shark or a giant alligator.)

    However, for most things where there is not a severe penalty for failure, it is better (IMO) to make the attempt than to not try, especially if it is something that means something to you or where even failure will teach you something and make it more likely you will succeed in the future.


    Outcome chart:
    No attempt = certainty of both
    - no failure
    - no success

    Attempt = Possibility of
    - failure
    - success
    - temporary failure that leads to future success.
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    Cost/benefit will define the employment of either strategy.

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    It depends how important it is and if the risk is worth it. I don't think a person has to try everything. It's okay to sometimes say it isn't worth trying. Also, it is worth asking what happens if you fail - look past the attempt to how you feel in the future with either outcome. For me, bungee cord jumping failure = not worth trying.
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    It's best to get over the latter of those things so that we can branch out and do the former of those things. That can be a huge psychological hurdle, for sure. It's easier to stick to what you know, since that, from an unhealthy perspective, validates your self-worth as a human being.

    Generally.

    I'm talking about learning new skills and trying (obviously not stupid) things. Stuff that, deep down, you really want to try, do, or master. That doesn't apply to some of the stuff y'all have posted, of course, such as sawing your arm off.

    Also, if you're going to try to saw your arm off, you'd probably be better off failing to do it.
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    Good GOD. ITS BETTER TO FAIL. GO OUT AND TRY SOMETHING!

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    Life is too short to try everything. We need to pick and choose based on some criteria. That being said, it's better not to let fear of failure dissuade you from trying something. Decide not to try because there is something out there you are more interested in trying, something likely to bring you more happiness, joy, fulfillment, success, growth . . . whatever is important to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightsun View Post
    Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?
    Sometimes, I feel I can foresee failure. In times like those, I'll hesitate or change course. Despite what Winston Churchill said, I see where failure can be fatal, or at the very least, make one's life much harder than it has to be.

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    That totally depends on how much time and energy is required to invest and figuring out what are the actual benefits of doing this.

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    Never attempting it in the first place is worse because you are limiting yourself on what you can do if you NEVER try. In my opinion, you owe it to yourself to be the best- to do the most- to experience the most that you can. Fear should never prevent you from trying most thingsz

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