OPINION – Samuel Beckett once stated: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
I was engaged in a conversation last night with someone near and dear to my heart. While we were chatting we began to discuss the future and what that looks like for the both of us. Normally, I carry on conversations without casting a large vision for anyone that I am communicating with but in this case I felt compelled to do so.
As I began to share some valued knowledge with her and where I thought she would be in reference to turning her passions into profits I was immediately greeted with resistance. In an instant the subject was changed as she aggressively responded with: “Yes, I know. Whatever let’s move on.”
This reaction came as a surprise to me. Not because of the defensiveness, but rather the undiscovered talent that lay dormant inside of her that may never get a chance to shine through so that the world can experience it. As our conversation subsided, I couldn’t help but to wonder why someone with such talents could refuse to at least try and explore the possibilities that await her?
With so many thoughts racing through my creative brain, I found myself speechless. Thoughts coupled with the inability to share my response allowed me in that moment to experience what most people are afraid to undergo.
The mental capability to at least try, fail, try again and fail better.
As the evening came to a close, I pondered on our conversation with so many feelings attached to it. It was a manifestation of sadness bind together with questions. Could it be that the majority of brilliant humans resist their own inner greatness because they are afraid to try? Or, is it possible to believe that the fear of failing publicly is the internal catalyst that stops the majority from seeking the promise that is attached to many failures along the way?
Either way, there is a shortage in the world. The absence of those who are willing to expose their talents to the universe and if nothing more, at least give it a try.
Be Bold. be Great. Be You.