There’s a common question in the self-help world, designed to motivate and inspire:
“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”
It’s an interesting thought experiment. But, I’m afraid, not too useful. Because we know we can fail. In fact, anything worth pursuing is never a sure-fire thing. Really, when you stop to think about it, what’s the point of even doing anything if you already know the outcome before you do it?
Tali and I were listening to a podcast a while back- I believe it was a conversation between Brene’ Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert. One of them flipped the script on this tired question and turned it into a much more useful thought experiment. I’m paraphrasing:
“What is worth doing, even if you think you might fail?”