Failure is vs. is not an option

by Tanner M. on

Failure is vs. is not an option

A lot of times you will hear the phrases “failure is not an option,” or “failure is an option.”

So which one is it?

Failure is an option

Those coming from the school of failure is an option tend to vew failure as a positive. That is, they believe in order to successfully achieve success you will fail many times.

A lot of entrepreneurs have gone through failure many times over and over before they finally succeeded.

In Seth Godin’s “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?” he somewhat covers failure being an option. He talks about “shipping it” a lot, which I interpreted as to follow through with your ideas, get it out there, and see what sticks. Repeat.

This is sort of viewed as the “shotgun approach,” or “throw up everything on the wall and see what sticks.”

This mentality can be successful is you have many different entrepreneurial ideas and you are not fully set on one single idea.

Failure is not an option

Many times you will hear this phrase. People coming from this mentality tend to go “all in” on a certain project or idea.

They believe so strongly in whatever they are set to achieve that failure is ultimately not an option.

This could also be interpreted as failure is not an option as in no matter what happens to your project or idea, it will never be considered a failure.

This mentality can be succesful and requires strict goals, determination, and persistence.

Also known as the “rifle approach.”

What mentality do you believe in? Failure is an option or is it not?

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