Overcome Your Fear of Failure

Ah yes, the train wreck continues.

But I say that in a loving, joking manner.

I’m referring to the continual “failing forward” that I always seem to be doing in my business.

For example, this week I had 3 different in-house promotions going on.

Two worked, and one did okay, but at the same time confused the heck out of my readers and resulted in massive customer service work.

Now I learned a lot, including the importance of being absolutely, positively 100% clear and concise with your offer, although I’m sure there was simpler and easier way for me to learn these lessons rather than going through all of that. But most importantly, for you, there was an Internet Independence lesson to pass along.

If there is one thing I know after having observed this crazy world for 36 years, it’s that you can SURVIVE almost everything.

A great example, and I only thought of this one because he’s on TV in the background, is Dr. Phil’s diet pill fiasco.

Remember how he released those pills too much (deserved) criticism, and eventually was sued for his involvement?

But it didn’t stop him from becoming even more popular, and according to MTV makes as much as $80M per year, ranking him in the top 20 entertainers.

NOTE: In NO way am I endorsing fraud or selling diet pills or growing a bushy mustache like Dr. Phil…

…I’m simply making the point that no matter how BIG of a failure you have to deal with. You can always RISE up and overcome it.

You have to look at a failure as just a blip on the radar and blink of the eye in your life.

I mean really, think of all the personal and business struggles you’ve gone through, and you’re still alive, right?

Maybe even stronger for it?

In my little world, I’ve struggled through months of anxiety attacks (http://internetindependence.com/new-way-of-thinking) and my fair share of personal and business problems, but nothing made me quit trying to get better.

Unfortunately, this fear of failure is what stops so many people from having breakthroughs in their life and business.

It virtually paralyzes good folks from taking action and getting out there to help others.

But you can’t let fear of the unknown hold you down.

Sure, you’ll be a LOT smarter than “Dr.” Phil, and that will reduce your risk of failure, but you’re never going to have a perfect record. No one does.

Remember, even Donald Trump’s businesses have been bankrupt twice, and soon there might even be a third time. He’s not perfect, his hair’s not perfect, and we aren’t either.

But we sure as heck can’t stop trying new ways to build our website businesses.

And there’s more good news. Dealing with failure gets a lot easier once you’ve dealt with failure.

Once you’ve failed, you realize that “nothing matters”

Nothing really matters at all.

The sun still comes up.

Your loved ones still love you.

Life goes on. Business goes on.

And so you get back in the game and go at it again.

Thanks for listening,

Craig Ballantyne

“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.” – Tom Krause

  • ChuckB

    Posts like these are why I enjoy your site. This isn’t just another “you too can make millions online. It’s just that easy!” kind of site.
    You give real world examples of successes, faliures, and challenges we all face everyday.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Chuck, appreciate the feedback.


  • As always, thanks for the inspiration, Craig! I *finally* decided to overcome the fear of failure factor and spent the past 5 days in “massive action” mode to complete the necessary things for the most ambitious product launch I’ve ever executed. It’s a nearly $8,000 product geared towards CPA’s and tax attorneys, and I’m scared to death of the whole thing falling flat on it’s face, but you keep citing the factor that somebody, somewhere, is losing sleep looking for my solution to their problem. First phase of product launch is over the next few days, come success or failure!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Anonymous

      Excellent, let me know how it turns out.


  • thank you sir for that powerful words of yours.its truly that in these world nothing certain. I’m just started to be curious about the business world and the failure that is always near to us. may God always take care of you and your family..more power and thank you again.

  • thank you so much

  • thank you for your inspiring words..I learned so much.