How To Avoid Failure & Criticism

A quick guide to avoiding failure and criticism.

How to Avoid Failure and Criticism

Also see how these fleas are genetically wired to avoid failure and disappointment:

Alternatively, you may wish to go off-piste and “Escape the circus and live beyond the limits of the imaginary lid”. But don’t say I didn’t warn you!

“Life is a daring adventure, or it is nothing”

– Helen Keller

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

This awesome lecture from Randy Pausch has clocked up quite a few views on Youtube (13 million at the time of writing). It’s over an hour long but well worth it.

Some nuggets that I love from the late Randy Pausch, who is delivering this lecture with 10 tumours in his liver and a life expectancy of 3-6 months:

  • Brick Walls are there for a reason. They let us show our dedication and let us know how badly we want things
  • Don’t bail – The best gold is at the bottom of barrels of crap
  • Get a feedback loop and listen to it
  • Don’t complain; just work harder
  • Find the best in everyone – no matter how long it takes
  • We cannot change the cards we are dealt with – just how we play the hand
  • Luck is where opportunity meets preparation
  • Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted

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