August 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm #138765
If you could do anything and not fail, what would it be?
August 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm #138815
Find some activity where failure was a possibility so that success would be meaningful.
August 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm #138813
Well we are about to start building a tool to modernize the career search process for Gen Y. I would love to not fail at that venture 🙂
August 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm #138811
I love it Elliot!!
August 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm #138809
Regain my health.
August 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm #138807
Powerful question. Reminds me of a sign I had on my wall in college that said, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” I’ll have to think about this.
August 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm #138805
go all in on my business ideas (DCStartUp Style)
August 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm #138803
Rock on. What’s your concept?
August 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm #138801
Open and run a Theatre and Performing Arts Center
August 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm #138799
Run an honest consulting firm that focuses on IT solutions for midsized companies that can’t afford the Accenture, IBM, SAP, Oracle folks or if they can afford the solution they can’t translate the bulldookie.
I want to figure out how to make a living by eliminating contract stuffing I guess.
August 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm #138797
Bryan Conway JD, PMPParticipant
August 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm #138795
Do your best – they will be fine.
August 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm #138793
Solve the clean nuclear fusion problem so that we could have endless nuclear power with simply water (no radiation at all) as the by-product.
August 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm #138791
Successful parenting is exactly what I was thinking.
August 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm #138789
Ride my bicycle across the US.
August 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm #138787
Kerry Ann O’ConnorParticipant
Once, someone asked me the opposite question. “What would you NOT mind failing at?” I, of course, objected to the question. But it made me think. Consider this story:
Failing is one of the best tutors in career development. Consider the story of a new bank
president who went to meet his predecessor. Upon being introduced he quickly said, “I
would like to know what have been the keys to your success.” The older man looked at him
for a moment and replied, “Young man, I can sum it up in two words: Good decisions.”
To that the young man replied, “I thank you immensely for that advice, sir, but how does
one come to know which are the good decisions?” “One word, young man,” replied the old
man. “Experience.” “That’s all good and well,” said the young executive, “but how does one get
experience?” “Two words,” replied the old man, “Bad decisions.”
If you really want to succeed, be prepared to grow into it. Lose your fear of failure and risk doing
something that’s important to you.
– Lou Stoops
August 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm #138785
August 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm #138783
Quite possibly run for public office.
That has three levels of failure: 1) not getting elected, 2) getting elected but not accomplishing what you set out to do, and 3) accomplishing what you set out to do only to find out it had the opposite effect of what you thought.
But it would be cool to succeed on all three levels.
August 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm #138781
that’s what I was going to say
August 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm #138779
so then is that failure? I know this will sound trite – and that was my response to the following:
There is no failure, only learning opportunities you choose to take or ignore.
Over time I have found that the small impact may have been temporary failure – but the larger impact is success from learning and experience
August 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm #138777
Flying was the first word that popped into my head with an image of soaring in the skies (no wings, plane, etc).
A second of thought and “Parenting” followed by “full 9 month term pregnancy rather that 6 months”
Then I thought of all I learned from my son’s 3 1/2 month stay in the NICU – and realized that overcoming fear of failure is about all I could honestly say,
August 20, 2011 at 12:15 am #138775
I would go for my third degree in nursing. I really don’t feel as though I would fail. Why because I have been an federal employee within the Veterans Administration since 1988, and I also recently finished my masters degree in information technology, and I feel very confident that I can do anything I set my mind to. But as a nurse I feel the job opportunities would let me travel to warmer climates after serving a while at my current VA hospital. I already have the confidence that I would do well.
August 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm #138773
First thought: compete in and complete a full-length Ironman.
Reality check thought: be a good parent.
Final answer: land an interview with Google to be the new executive in charge of EEO & Diversity at Google.
August 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm #138771
President? Rock star?
August 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm #138769
Predicting the world’s toughest problems and achieving the best possible results.
August 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm #138767
Write a bestselling novel.
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