The cost of inaction

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”

– George Edward Woodberry


When we fear failure, we tend to overemphasise the negative aspects of failure, and to overlook the negative aspects of not taking action. To balance this bias, you need to become painfully aware of the costs of inactivity.

What people fail to understand is that everything is a choice, including inactivity, and it all has consequences. What if not taking the risk is, in itself, the worst failure? The nature of our life is that, in every moment, we are saying “yes” to one thing, and “no” to a thousand other things. What we should fear is not failure, but poor choices.

Not taking action, due to fear of failure, is itself a great risk – and often a costly one. Every moment that passes we are one breath closer to the end of our life. Time does not stop; the yesterday doesn’t come back, and missed opportunities may not return – or at least not under the same terms.

If you are struggling with fear of failure or sticuk-ness in any area of your life, consider:

  • What are the costs of not taking action? What will you not experience, have, or learn?
  • What measures can you take to prevent the failure you are fearing?
  • If failure happens, how quick would it be to recover?

These questions will balance your way of seeing your current circumstance.

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