Don’t Let Fear of Failure Stop You From Being Great

Do you have a goal for yourself, business, or organization?  Is something you can attain?  Do you know what you need to do to attain it?  Each one of us has something in the back of their minds that they wished they could do.  Some of us have accomplished such feats, and in doing so have established new goals to attain.  Others have not, and will not for any number of reasons, or excuses.

When I first learned about Floorball I immediately saw it’s potential, and saw a potential path to make it a reality.  I remember being enamored with the sport at the beginning.  I had so much energy and passion I just didn’t know what to do with it or where to start.  At the very least I became more aware of potential opportunities as they arose and waited.  The more I learned the more I became convinced that there was something to this sport.  It checked so many different boxes and crossed so many barriers that I had to do something.  In North America the Floorball community is small and everyone knows everyone else.  It took a time to learn the landscape and see what everyone else was doing.  This learning allowed me to find a clearer focus on the path that I would seek.

I would love to say that from the beginning I was set on starting a business.  I had honestly never thought about starting a business before.  The main reason was fear of failure, fear of critique, and frankly I was comfortable doing what I was doing.  To start a business takes a lot of risk.  The first push came from someone who would become my friend and business mentor.  He saw the potential to the sport and pushed me to start developing a business.  He has his own successful business in sports marketing and ticket sales and has become an authority on the topic.  We modeled Floorball Guru after his business.  I fought him in the beginning citing any number of excuses.  After a brief period, I came to the realization that I had to step out and try.  So, I set out to develop and launch Floorball Guru.

Prior to this point I had spent about four years thinking about how I was going to develop a Floorball business.  It evolved into what it is today.  I didn’t know what it would become, or how it would look.  Before I launched my mentor required I develop a specific amount of content.  That piece of advice set the foundation of my business.  It was by far the most challenging aspect to starting Floorball Guru, but was valuable through what it taught me.  None of it would have happened if I didn’t try.  I’ve had naysayers along the way, and people actively try to stop me from realizing my potential.  The key was not only ignoring them, but continuing to work, put in the time, and push forward

I’ve had many opportunities in my life that have helped shape me into who I am today.  There are risks I wish I had taken at the time, and there are ones I’m glad I took.  At times I’ve shrunk myself so that I don’t offend or outshine others.  I sincerely wish that I hadn’t.  I hadn’t learned that it’s ok for me to shine, to want to be more, and to find solace in who I am.  I remember a specific moment of seeking advice from a friend.  I wasn’t sure if I should take a risk, and while I didn’t disagree with their opinion of the situation, I decided to strike out and give it a shot.  Had I not taken that risk I fully believe I would never have started Floorball Guru, or have had the experiences that have come from that one moment.  Will I fail?  Maybe. Will I succeed?  Yes, in more ways that I can imagine.

We all have hopes and dreams.  Yours might be to make a team, get a certain job, experience something new.  If you don’t try you’ll never know.  If you let fear and others around you to dictate the decisions and course of your life you’ll end up regretting what could have been.  We only have so long on this earth, and I’d rather spend it doing things that I enjoy, and that will hopefully impact others in a positive way long after I’m gone.  If you have something on your heart that you want to do I encourage you to strike out and do it.  Don’t let anything or anyone from stopping you from being great.