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Take a Chance

by Oliver T. Spedding 2 months ago in self help
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The fear of failure is the most debilitating sense that we possess and it tends to feed on itself.

The fear of failure is the most debilitating sense that we possess and it tends to feed on itself.


Oliver T. Spedding

“The person who takes a chance, who walks the line between the unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.”

Gordon Parks

It’s a common fact that successful people fail more often than they succeed but the common factor that separates them from other people is that they are not afraid to fail.

They know that failing is part of success but they also know that they have to learn from their failures and thus be able to include their newfound knowledge in their next attempt to succeed.

This knowledge that they have gleaned from their previous failures is also known as experience.

Nobody can gain experience without having tasted failure.

But we have to learn from our failures.

To take a chance doesn’t mean to gamble.

It means doing something different by using your knowledge and abilities.

None of us really know what knowledge and ability we have until we apply them and extend them.

And most times when we do this we are astonished at what we achieve.

The fear of failure is the most debilitating sense that we possess and it tends to feed on itself.

When we fear failure we focus our thoughts on failure and, because thoughts have power, these negative thoughts are fulfilled.

Obviously we shouldn’t ignore the possibility of failure but we must focus our thoughts on succeeding at whatever we are trying to do.


One of the most deciding factors that successful people adhere to is planning.

Planning means applying knowledge and information.

The more you know about what you are trying to do the more enthusiastic and encouraged you will become and the more convinced you will be that you will succeed.

The second thing that successful people do is that they act on what they have learned and experienced.

The most carefully researched and planned endeavor is worthless until it has been acted upon.

They do this by overcoming whatever fear they may have by proceeding to do what they have planned.

Fear leads to procrastination just as much as procrastination leads to fear.


Another thing that we can do to spur ourselves on is to talk to others about what we are trying to achieve.

Not only will we get encouragement from our associates, but by talking, we commit ourselves in the eyes of others and are often forced to act out our stated commitments to avoid embarrassment.

So, do your planning and take your chance.

Chance means the opportunity that you have created for yourself by using your planning and experience.

And never forget to do it with positive feelings.

Imagine your success.

Imagine the feeling that you will have when your success becomes a reality.

Act your success by behaving as you will when you succeed.

All these things will inspire you and build up your confidence.

Bear in mind that taking a chance doesn’t have to be life changing.

Create small chances for yourself and this will help you grow in confidence and also enable you to handle and learn from any failure that you might experience.

Try to learn as much as you can from any failure so that you can use that information when you try again.


Success is what we build with all the information that we have gathered together from our failures.

If we learn something from a failure then that failure is in a sense a success because we have derived something useful and positive from it.

Try to be glad when you experience a failure because it gives you a chance to learn and also creates a more solid base for you to move ahead on.

What you have learned from your failure makes the next attempt so much more likely to succeed.

And success is so much sweeter if we have really had to work for it and have gained experience in the process. It often takes years and years to become an overnight success.


Gordon Parks was born on November 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas.

He was a self-taught artist who became Life and Vogue magazine’s first African-American photographer.

He also worked as a movie director and screenwriter, working on such films as The Learning Tree, based on a novel he wrote.

He also wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the film.

Parks has published several memoirs and critical works including A Choice of Weapons.

He began his writing career with his 1962 autobiographical novel, The Learning Tree.

He published a number of books throughout his lifetime, including a memoir, several works of fiction and works on photographic technique.

Gordon Parks died of cancer on March 7, 2006, in New York City.

He is buried in his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas.

Today, Parks is remembered for his pioneering work in the field of photography and once said, "People in millenniums ahead will know what we were like in the 1930's and the thing that, the important major things that shaped our history at that time. This is as important for historic reasons as any other."

Photograph credit – Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash

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About the author

Oliver T. Spedding

Variety is the spice of life. Here you’ll find fiction, non-fiction, self-help, humor, religion, finance, myths and legends and much more. Widen your horizons and don’t ever give up! I'm a freelance writer and book illustrator.

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