Many are afraid of failure, not because they didn’t reach their goal, but because they did.
Michelangelo once said “the greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim to high and falling short, but setting our aim to low and achieving our mark.” We as humans strive to be the best, using our neighbors as competition. Although we are always in rival, in the incident that we do not rise, coming to achieve only the lowest mark we could and becoming inferior, is what fears us the most.
All my life I’ve noticed people are afraid to fail miserably. Afraid to accept disappointment. If someone had the choice to pick a goal, if unsuccessful, could lose everything, and pick a goal that is a safe bet and easily achievable, most would pick the easy one. The more people like this, the more the minorities of our society will follow in their footsteps with utmost care. This society of being incapable of plunging ahead to create a new canvas of impressions, only allows our society to remain synonymous as the fingerprints on our hands.
There is not one person on this planet that has never experienced failure. We live it every waking moment we breathe or blink but some realize keeping your eyes shut for too long will postpone you from grasping the divine right to accept the past and modify the future.
The danger is not failing; it is failing when one knows they are capable of exceeding their standards. The danger of falling short to becoming superior to oneself.
The answer is brutally simple; nonetheless we cannot see it, even as it gazes into our blank faces every day. Never aim for less than what you are capable of accomplishing.