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I was watching a documentary on Dolly Parton this week.

In describing how she dealt with the fear of failure as a woman in an industry dominated by men when she first moved to Nashville, she said "I wasn't afraid to fail. What were they going to do, kill me? And if they killed me, what were they going to do, eat me?"

Most people are crippled by the fear of failure.

It's not that people are walking around in fear every day--it's that the fear of failure prevents us from actualizing our lives. If you weren't afraid of failure, would you pursue that business idea? Would you reach out to that person you've always admired and ask for an audience?

Would you go all in on a project, instead of being tepid about it?

Failure is inevitable in life. But what does it really mean to fail? More importantly, what are you willing to take a risk for?

What are they going to do, eat you? "

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