If You Could Do Anything and Not Fail, What Would It Be?

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  • #138765

    Lauren Modeen

    If you could do anything and not fail, what would it be?

  • #138815

    Peter Sperry

    Find some activity where failure was a possibility so that success would be meaningful.

  • #138813

    Elliot Volkman

    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 🙂

  • #138811

    Kanika Tolver

    I love it Elliot!!

  • #138809

    Sherry Pearson

    Regain my health.

  • #138807

    Stephanie Slade

    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.

  • #138805

    Chris Poirier

    go all in on my business ideas (DCStartUp Style)

  • #138803

    Elliot Volkman

    Rock on. What’s your concept?

  • #138801

    Cassidy Seeman

    Open and run a Theatre and Performing Arts Center

  • #138799

    Robert Eckhardt

    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.

  • #138797

    Successful parenting!

  • #138795

    Sherry Pearson

    Do your best – they will be fine.

  • #138793

    linda perry

    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.

  • #138791

    Dory Dahlberg

    Successful parenting is exactly what I was thinking.

  • #138789

    Kevin Lanahan

    Ride my bicycle across the US.

  • #138787

    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

  • #138785

    Stephen Peteritas

    Time Travel

  • #138783

    Mark Hammer

    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.

  • #138781

    Jenny Groome

    that’s what I was going to say

  • #138779

    Jenny Groome

    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

  • #138777

    Jenny Groome

    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,

  • #138775

    Rita Wojciechowski

    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.

  • #138773

    John Sim

    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.

  • #138771

    Steve Ressler

    President? Rock star?

  • #138769

    Nathan Greenhut

    Predicting the world’s toughest problems and achieving the best possible results.

  • #138767

    Anne Hasselbrack

    Write a bestselling novel.

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