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Trying Is The First Step Towards Failure

Homer Simpson is a great philosopher and leader of men. Just kidding, he’s an oafish idiot that spends most of his time watching TV and drinking beer. But he does occasionally give us some sage wisdom. The piece of advice I’m referring to is when Bart failed at something and Homer told him:

Trying Is The First Step Towards Failure

I very much agree with Homer on this point. If you try to do something it is likely going to lead to failure. Many of you might take offense to this idea, but let me refer you to another great sage in entertainment and his advice.

Trying Is The First Step Towards Failure

Both Yoda and Homer (Homoda? Yomer?) are essentially saying the same thing, at least the way I see it. When you try to do something it changes something in your mental approach to it. Look at this scene for a minute:

Captain Awesome: Can you write a thousand word short story by tomorrow?

Johnny Nobody: I can try to.

That seems rather timid. Johnny Nobody doesn’t sound very confident at all. Let’s look at that scene with a change of vocabulary.

Captain Awesome: Can you write a thousand word short story by tomorrow?

Johnny Nobody: I can do it.

Now, that’s a man with some swagger. Now Johnny sounds like he’s ready to take on the task and get something done! Good job, Johnny!

Trying Is The First Step Towards Failure

When we “try” to accomplish the things set before us we attempt it with almost an expectancy that we might fail. That’s why trying is the first step towards failure. You might succeed, but you’ll probably fail.

On the other hand, when we set out to “do” something we expect to complete our objectives. Sure, we might fail, but the expectancy of failure is gone. That’s the important difference.

Don’t tell me you’re going to “try” to do something. Go out there and do the damn thing. If you go do it and fail, that’s OK. I know eventually you’ll overcome whatever obstacle faces you because your attitude is one of success and not of failure.

Do or do not, there is no try. Stop trying to chase your dreams and go out there and get them.

Trying Is The First Step Towards Failure

About Luke Geldmacher

I grew living on an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Currently, I live in a 40 acre farm in Cookville, TX. I sometime write about life issues, but my passion is sci-fi and fantasy storytelling.

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