What Would You Try If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

November 30, 2012

When I was a child, I believed I could do anything, because adults told me I could.7029_SunsetTreeCrummackdale

Of course, no one tells you how hard it is to actually do anything you want to do or be anything you want to be.  We send wide eyed high school grads off into the real world where their ambitions and dreams crash into reality.

I have slowly realized that my post-college years have been spent, not in wildly, unabashed pursuit of dreams, but in the simple act of self-preservation. I have been trying to hide, to shelter myself from failure.

I suspect that most adults behave this way. How much time do we spend just trying to hide from failure, the way we hid from monsters as children? As when we were children, our imaginations often conjure far scarier monsters than exist in reality.

So earlier this week, I took an informal poll via Facebook and Twitter.  The question:

“What would you try if you knew you could not fail?”

Some answers were silly, and some were sad.  Some were profound.  I found myself laughing one minute, and the next minute desperately wishing that someone’s dream would become reality.

What Would You Try If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

“Run a marathon.” – David

“Go back to school.” – Teressa

“Help others with my talents, free of charge, full time.” – Joshua

“I should probably say something like flying or sharing my faith with some of the great leaders of the world.  But I might just go to Vegas.” – John

“I’d become the first middle-aged mom to win a Grammy for her awesome guitar shredding skills.” – Marni

“Marriage.” – Julie

“Write a novel.” – Bethany

“Build a garage.” – Jonathan

“I’d open a craft store with my husband.” – Lissa

“Skydive.” – Jason

“Teach.” – Greg

“Public speaking.” – Chris

“A back flip.” – Kathy

“Be a Broadway star.” – Emily

“I’m working on it.  Healing from childhood wounds, raising kids better and writing a book about it.” – Angie

Some dreams are simple.  Some are wild and outlandish.  But I wonder how many other dreams and goals the fail monster has scared out of us.

I’m feeling a blog series coming on.  If you catch me throwing out a new question on Monday, send me an answer, and you’ll probably see yourself here on the blog a few days later.

So, your turn.

What would you try if you knew you could not fail?

15 responses to What Would You Try If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

  1. the problem isn’t so much what would we do if we could not fail. There are a number of things we could do and not fail. The problem is how do we support ourselves as we learn the new skills to accomplish those dreams?

    Otherwise my husband would like to be a marine biologist.
    I’d go back to college just because I love learning new things.

  2. A teacher
    A public speaker
    A quilt that is more like a picture than a pattern

  3. I’d plant a church. It’s been a dream for 20 years now, life and kids and finances (and FEAR) get in my way

  4. My dream is to show the world God’s beauty through my photography (and I’m trying)… and get paid for it.

    But more importantly… I’d tell my father and my son-in-law how much God loves them (again) and impress upon them how much they need God. Their response is up to themselves and God, but at least I’d know I did my part well.

  5. I’d try to convince 95% of the Christians out there that they need not be on a ‘spiritual ladder-climbing, become a better Christian’ project.

    That they are free (because of Christ) from all that pious religious stuff.

  6. I’d pursue art and music professionally. Then I’d teach.

  7. I have been attempting to find the will of God when it smacked me in the face – Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbour as yourself. I love to write, love to read, love to teach and love to love. I am successful today at being in the will of God and I will be successful tomorrow knowing that I am in the will of God even though my will is to be more.

  8. You already shared my answer, but another would be winning the Pulitzer.

  9. I have never failed. There is no failure in God. You have to realize that God has placed you where you belong. Sure, I have not liked where He placed me but all of a sudden there is ray of hope. Hope is most desired because hope fulfilled leaves no hope.

  10. Zero. Ask Jonah. He was afraid of failure but God placed him where he belonged. He had other goals in mind. In Nineva he had the success of his life but did not realize it. People were saved for a 100 years because of him.

  11. i’d be president or chief justice of the supreme court.