Only a Fool Would Risk Failure - Be That Fool


“Only a fool would risk failure. Be that fool.” – Ed Helms

I have a thing for watching commencement speeches late at night on YouTube. I have no idea why… just don’t ask. It’s just something I find inspiring. I don’t criticize you for watching silly cat and dog videos. I also don’t criticize you for watching videos on how to make your nails faaaabulous.

I love being inspired and hearing other people’s success stories.

Wednesday night, I ran across this convocation speech at Cornell University by Ed Helms. Many of you know Ed as Andy Bernard, the hilarious paper-salesman-turned-manager in The Office and one of the leading stars of Hangover 1, 2, and 3.

But Ed wasn’t always successful. It took a lot of hard work and dedication. It took him going to literally thousands of auditions. He was turned away over 99% of the time.

In this video, Ed talks about one of the many things he tried and failed at miserably. But watch what he says at the end…

“Had I exercised good sense and good judgment - had I not been foolish, I never would have done it and then all I’d have is a vague sense of regret and wonder, which is at best useless and at worst paralyzing.” – Ed Helms

One of my biggest fears is living a life without purpose or meaning. For me, that means if I have a dream or an idea I feel passionate about, then I have to try it. No exceptions. I’ll never know if I don’t try.

So today, don’t let fear paralyze you from doing whatever it is you’re passionate about. Don’t let failures in life keep you from going after your dreams and goals.

“Outcomes, whether good or bad, allow us to move forward.” – Ed Helms

What’s your biggest fear in life? What’s one dream that’s a must-have for you? Share with me in the comments below.

Fear Disguised As Practicality

Ace Ventura Pet Detective Jim Carrey ©Morgan Creek Productions

Jim Carrey gave a humorous, touching, and unbelievably inspirational commencement speech to the Maharishi University of Management's graduating class of 2014 about two weeks ago. There’s a one minute video clip of the speech that’s gone viral. And there’s a good reason why. Watch and listen.

“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.” – Jim Carrey

Too often in my short time on this planet, I’ve seen many people get a safe job or a job that seems practical to them, their family, and friends because they’re afraid of reaching for their dreams. They’re afraid people might call them crazy for dreaming for what the world may call “unattainable”. They fear their dream is far-fetched, impractical, or unsafe.

What if your dream isn’t far-fetched? What if it is practical? So what if you fail at it? All that means is you should try again. If your dream is extremely important to you, don’t give up. People fail. It’s the reality of life. But the most successful people are those who pick themselves back up and try again.

“You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love." – Jim Carrey

Would you rather live a life working for someone else’s dreams (the ‘ole 9-5) or would you rather work towards your own dreams and goals? Wouldn’t you rather live a fulfilling life doing what you love?

I challenge you, today, to search in your heart what is truly most important to you. Then pursue that with all you have.

What are some fears you have concerning your dreams? What successes have you experienced in reaching your dreams? Share with me in the comments below!

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