This one struck me like a bolt of lightning, in the middle of a Guitar Hero game.
Let me back up a second.
About a year ago, I used to be a Guitar Hero fanatic, a top player. I won a bunch of competitions and some very cool prizes.
But then work and college got in the way, so I gradually stopped playing.
After about a year in IM, and a year of reading "success stuff" (like some threads in this forum), I played the game again.
What I didn't anticipate is how much my mindset shifted because of the things I've learned.
I quickly realized that achieving 5-star expert status on Guitar Hero was no easy feat - it was a big success.
And for the first time in my life, I analyzed exactly what I did to make myself a success at Guitar Hero, and how I could apply those factors to other areas in my life.
This different perspective challenged me into entirely new levels of thinking. As I was playing, I could actually SEE myself play and could see a pattern with all the mistakes I was making.
More importantly, I could see how the principles for success at Guitar Hero also apply to success in real life.
So, as I said before - the first take-away is to "fail as fast as possible".
It's not common advice. Yet when I play a song in Guitar Hero, the moment I miss that first note I get frustrated - because it means I won't achieve a 100% score - unless I start the game again.
Now that's common sense, but what really struck me was this - the moment I missed that first note - the rest of the song flowed smoothly. I could rip through every solo after the miss no problem.
So what's the lesson here? The lesson is that your biggest enemy is FEAR. Fear of missing that first note, fear of failure, fear of looking like a fool.
Do you see the distinction here? So many people want to get everything 100% right when they first attempt a new endeavor. They want it so bad that they literally CREATE FEAR out of thin air. They build up the importance of not failing so much, that anything less than 100% results is emotionally devastating to them.
Fear is irrational, so you cannot rationalize with it. You must confront it as it comes. This is why I say that "fail as fast as possible" is so important. Because in doing so, you will eradicate your fear because you will UNDERSTAND that failure is NOTHING like your mind conjured it up to be. It's really not that big of a deal.
Fail as fast as possible, so you can get over your biggest stumbling block - and ride the wave to success.