At some point—whether it’s a college application essay, a job interview question, or part of an obnoxious board game—the question will come up: “If you knew you couldn’t fail what would you do?”
All sorts of answers come up: “Sail around the world,” “Ask Taylor Swift out,” “Be great at this job/school (very original, thanks)” and so on.
The question is probably asked to learn about someone’s personality and what makes them tick. But there isn’t much hope to learn about a person’s truest self because they shouldn’t be asked the question in the first place.
The question should be reframed as a statement. “I cannot fail therefore…” Think about that and take it beyond the college application essay or job interview. Take the statement with you everywhere you go.
“I cannot fail therefore…”
- The possibilities for me are limitless
- The hurt from falling on my face is temporary
- Failure is a lesson
- I can start learning to play tuba at fifty years old
- I can ask for a promotion at work
- I can ask that person I like out for coffee (or peppermint tea if I have to)
Anything is possible—except failure.