How many times have you heard others say, “failure is not an option”?
Perhaps you’ve said it yourself. What you and they really mean is that failure is not an acceptable outcome to them in this situation.
If failure is truly not an option, than that means we will always succeed, no matter how difficult the task, how great the risk, or how little we have prepared ourselves for success.
The world doesn’t work that way, of course. Success only comes with effort. So in truth, failure is always a possibility, and therefore, while it may not be our choice to fail, failure is always an option.
Or to look at it another way, if we really are not permitted to fail, than we’d better not try at all. Continue reading