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.