Awesome Friday! No Try, Only Do

There is no wait, only do

Wise Jedi Master once say, “Do, or do not. There is no ‘try.’”

How many times have you failed at something, falling short of your goals and expectations? Don’t get down on yourself. Trying and failing is better than never trying at all. At least you tried. You took a risk, you stepped out of your comfort zone, you thought outside the box, you dared yourself to be unique. So I say, keep failing – it isn’t such a bad thing. The only people who never fail are the ones who never do anything. It’s a part of life, it’s a part of living. It means your human, it means your growing, and odds are, eventually, you’ll end up doing something pretty amazing.

What are you waiting for? Today, challenge yourself to try something new, do something out of the ordinary, reach out and pursue an idea you never followed through on, have an engaging discussion with a complete stranger, write a blog inspiring change in something you are passionate about. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks, do it because you want to. Take some time today and just try, if you fail, if you don’t meet your expectations, who cares? At least you can say you tried, at least you learned something new, and least your one step closer toward success. Don’t be afraid of failure, embrace it. Be bold and surprise yourself.

As long as your breathing, as long as your living, your not failing.

What is ONE thing you will commit to doing today? Share some inspiration in the comments below.

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The Weakonomist April 10, 2009 at 5:52 am

I love me a good Yoda quote. The advice is sound though. I’ve used it many times in my personal life.

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Matt April 10, 2009 at 10:00 am

Much can be learned from the wisdom of a Jedi Master, no? I think its sound advice that even I should take into consideration more often. It’s easy to get caught up in saying ‘I’ll give it a try sometime’ and then never actually following through. More do, less try. Enough said.

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The Weakonomist April 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I love me a good Yoda quote. The advice is sound though. I’ve used it many times in my personal life.

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Matt April 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Much can be learned from the wisdom of a Jedi Master, no? I think its sound advice that even I should take into consideration more often. It’s easy to get caught up in saying ‘I’ll give it a try sometime’ and then never actually following through. More do, less try. Enough said.

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Ruby April 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Matt, I absolutely agree. That’s definitely one of my favorite quotes. And trying is not “one day, i will..”, it’s today!

Trying something new is so nerve wrecking, but it’s so fulfilling when you look back and see progress.

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Matt April 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Hey Ruby – thanks for the comment. It can be nerve-wrecking to step outside the box and take a risk in trying something new, but you really aren’t living unless you’re trying new things and learning from it. Failure is inevitable, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing – in fact, it can be a very good thing – failing always makes you stronger in the long run. I love the call to action we are seeing amongst us bloggers over the last few weeks, it’s inspired me to do a lot of soul searching lately. Great vibes going around everywhere these days!

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Ruby April 10, 2009 at 6:43 am

Matt, I absolutely agree. That’s definitely one of my favorite quotes. And trying is not “one day, i will..”, it’s today!

Trying something new is so nerve wrecking, but it’s so fulfilling when you look back and see progress.

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Matt April 10, 2009 at 10:05 am

Hey Ruby – thanks for the comment. It can be nerve-wrecking to step outside the box and take a risk in trying something new, but you really aren’t living unless you’re trying new things and learning from it. Failure is inevitable, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing – in fact, it can be a very good thing – failing always makes you stronger in the long run. I love the call to action we are seeing amongst us bloggers over the last few weeks, it’s inspired me to do a lot of soul searching lately. Great vibes going around everywhere these days!

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Akhila April 10, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Great post. I think everyone should challenge themselves to do something new often; it pushes you out of your boundaries and makes you more confident about yourself.

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Matt April 10, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Akhila – thanks for coming by. You are a prime example of someone encouraging others to look within themselves to think outside the box and try new things. You continue to raise awareness on issues that you are passionate about, and you use the blogging platform to spread important messages that people should hear. Love what you are doing, keep it up!

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Akhila April 10, 2009 at 11:02 am

Great post. I think everyone should challenge themselves to do something new often; it pushes you out of your boundaries and makes you more confident about yourself.

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Matt April 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Akhila – thanks for coming by. You are a prime example of someone encouraging others to look within themselves to think outside the box and try new things. You continue to raise awareness on issues that you are passionate about, and you use the blogging platform to spread important messages that people should hear. Love what you are doing, keep it up!

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Pritesh April 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Great writeup, Matt. I definitely agree with you that you should always do something different, always try to challenge yrself and results would definitely surprised you.

I talked abt on similar subject to a friend few days ago and we had a good conversation. We both wanted to do so many things while we were in college but we’re afraid of many things and we didn’t do it. I guess, most of us just wait for something good to happen and meanwhile we forget where we could shape our future the way we want to.

I think mantra of our life should be: ‘Have you done something new today?”

Abt me, today I have decided to cook a new item! It’s been a while since I’ve entered the kitchen and let’s see if I can make a good, ‘eatable’ dish :)

Thanks,
Pritesh
http://twitter.com/mehta1p

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Matt April 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Pritesh – thanks for coming by man! I think you raise an excellent point. Far too often we sit back and wait without ever taking the proactive steps we need to take in order to get where we want to be. The mantra of ‘good things come to those who wait’ is dated and erroneous (in my mind). I believe, good things come to those who try, to those who do, to those who step outside of their comfort zone and try new things – people who aren’t afraid of failure and instead, welcome it with open arms. Failing sucks, of course, but it’s all a state of mind – will you let it keep you down? Or will you learn, grow, and become stronger because of it? I choose the latter – I choose to DO new things, even if I might fail – because you’ll never know your full potential until you try!

Rock on with the cooking thing! What new dish did you whip up?

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Pritesh April 10, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Great writeup, Matt. I definitely agree with you that you should always do something different, always try to challenge yrself and results would definitely surprised you.

I talked abt on similar subject to a friend few days ago and we had a good conversation. We both wanted to do so many things while we were in college but we’re afraid of many things and we didn’t do it. I guess, most of us just wait for something good to happen and meanwhile we forget where we could shape our future the way we want to.

I think mantra of our life should be: ‘Have you done something new today?”

Abt me, today I have decided to cook a new item! It’s been a while since I’ve entered the kitchen and let’s see if I can make a good, ‘eatable’ dish :)

Thanks,
Pritesh
http://twitter.com/mehta1p

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Matt April 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

Pritesh – thanks for coming by man! I think you raise an excellent point. Far too often we sit back and wait without ever taking the proactive steps we need to take in order to get where we want to be. The mantra of ‘good things come to those who wait’ is dated and erroneous (in my mind). I believe, good things come to those who try, to those who do, to those who step outside of their comfort zone and try new things – people who aren’t afraid of failure and instead, welcome it with open arms. Failing sucks, of course, but it’s all a state of mind – will you let it keep you down? Or will you learn, grow, and become stronger because of it? I choose the latter – I choose to DO new things, even if I might fail – because you’ll never know your full potential until you try!

Rock on with the cooking thing! What new dish did you whip up?

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Sean Patrick Simpson April 10, 2009 at 8:06 pm

True true! YOu make a great point at the end when you say that as long as you’re living, you’re not failing!

Again I come back to the concept of perspective. Failure and Success is merely a perspective! What is failure to one may be a success for another, and vice versa.

I recommend to forget failure all together! Erase it from your vocabulary! It doesn’t exist!

I tie it in with the concepts of there is no right or wrong, good or bad, there just is.

Begin to release those language patterns that inhibit you. Release those words such as: bad, failure, mean, scary, frustrating, etc.

If you change failure into a ‘great learning experience…’
or change bad into ‘Wow, I really grew a lot from being aware of that…’
or with a ‘mean person,’ instead of talking about how they’re mean, talk about how they’re ‘acting in an interesting way…” — It releases that need for judgement…the need to say “this is the way it is and that’s it!” — and instead allows you to come from a place of willingness perspectives.

–Sean Patrick Simpson
**The Mindset Apprentice**
http://www.twitter.com/vpsean

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Mark Lewis April 10, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Ultimately, I consider failure positive. If I were to erase it from my vocabulary though, I may not learn much from the experience. I think it’s important to recognize failure as it is, and use it to your advantage.

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Sean Patrick Simpson April 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Oh Absolutely Mark. After reading your reply just now I do believe we are coming from the same place energetically, just with different ways of putting it. I DO recognize failure for what it is, and do use it to my advantage. The greatest encouragement I can give anyone on this subject IS to learn from the failures and see how you can do better. If erasing the word from your vocabulary means you wouldn’t be able to acknowledge it for what it is, and be able to grow from it, then absolutely, don’t erase it.

–Sean Patrick Simpson
**The Mindset Apprentice**
http://www.twitter.com/vpsean

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Matt April 14, 2009 at 2:03 am

@MarkCompletely agree with you here – failure can be an extremely positive if you interpret it in a positive state of mind, learn, and grow from it. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Mark – I love your blog at your theme of ‘Taking On Life’.

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Matt April 14, 2009 at 2:01 am

I am a firm believer that failure breeds success, just as criticism and adversity makes you stronger. That that does not kill you will make you stronger – life is a continual learning experience – the day that you settle in and are content, with no desire to continue learning – you then have to ask yourself ‘what am I living for?’ – Life has to be a continuous gradual evolution. Failure can be positive, as you said, it’s all about perspective, it’s all a state of mind.

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Sean Patrick Simpson April 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm

True true! YOu make a great point at the end when you say that as long as you’re living, you’re not failing!

Again I come back to the concept of perspective. Failure and Success is merely a perspective! What is failure to one may be a success for another, and vice versa.

I recommend to forget failure all together! Erase it from your vocabulary! It doesn’t exist!

I tie it in with the concepts of there is no right or wrong, good or bad, there just is.

Begin to release those language patterns that inhibit you. Release those words such as: bad, failure, mean, scary, frustrating, etc.

If you change failure into a ‘great learning experience…’
or change bad into ‘Wow, I really grew a lot from being aware of that…’
or with a ‘mean person,’ instead of talking about how they’re mean, talk about how they’re ‘acting in an interesting way…” — It releases that need for judgement…the need to say “this is the way it is and that’s it!” — and instead allows you to come from a place of willingness perspectives.

–Sean Patrick Simpson
**The Mindset Apprentice**
http://www.twitter.com/vpsean

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Mark Lewis April 10, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Ultimately, I consider failure positive. If I were to erase it from my vocabulary though, I may not learn much from the experience. I think it’s important to recognize failure as it is, and use it to your advantage.

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Sean Patrick Simpson April 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Oh Absolutely Mark. After reading your reply just now I do believe we are coming from the same place energetically, just with different ways of putting it. I DO recognize failure for what it is, and do use it to my advantage. The greatest encouragement I can give anyone on this subject IS to learn from the failures and see how you can do better. If erasing the word from your vocabulary means you wouldn’t be able to acknowledge it for what it is, and be able to grow from it, then absolutely, don’t erase it.

–Sean Patrick Simpson
**The Mindset Apprentice**
http://www.twitter.com/vpsean

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Matt April 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm

@MarkCompletely agree with you here – failure can be an extremely positive if you interpret it in a positive state of mind, learn, and grow from it. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Mark – I love your blog at your theme of ‘Taking On Life’.

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Matt April 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I am a firm believer that failure breeds success, just as criticism and adversity makes you stronger. That that does not kill you will make you stronger – life is a continual learning experience – the day that you settle in and are content, with no desire to continue learning – you then have to ask yourself ‘what am I living for?’ – Life has to be a continuous gradual evolution. Failure can be positive, as you said, it’s all about perspective, it’s all a state of mind.

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Dogs For Sale May 18, 2010 at 4:39 am

It can be nerve-wrecking to step outside the box and take a risk in trying something new, but you really aren't living unless you're trying new things and learning from it.

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Muthu March 19, 2014 at 9:50 pm

i gonna do something new that is assigned to me (part of my ambition/ work)

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