I believe that one of my greatest strengths is having gone through a lot of hardship early on in my life.
I made a lot of mistakes when I was a kid, and I still make a lot today. And what this has taught me is that it is okay to make mistakes, even big ones.
Most people live in fear of making mistakes. People want to look perfect, and as social media becomes more and more revealing, people tend to box themselves in more and more. People try to show their perfect or ideal lives, and try to prove to the world a certain image that they want other people to have. Basically, the more eyes there are, the more fearful people become to making mistakes.
Another big portion of the fear, is that the person often blows the consequences of making a mistake way out of proportion. People think that it will be the end of the world if they try to do anything remotely risky.
Tim Ferriss recommends to do something called risk mitigation. What actions can you take to minimize the downside? And before you try to minimize the downside, what is the downside really? I bet if you really started to look, you would find that it is not as bad as you think. Do not be emotional when you are looking, be objective, and try to really find the truth.
Then take risks. Fail. Fail miserably. You will find that each failure has a lesson, and it gets easier and easier to get up. I see failure as checkpoints saying that I am getting closer and closer to my destination. So you got this, just keep going
It’s that simple.