Failure Beats Never Trying

A couple hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more people would listen to what he had to say. I don’t know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I’d have to say that it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes, the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you’re wrong? What if you’re making a mistake that you can’t undo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can’t pretend we hadn’t been told. We’ve all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes, we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibility under tomorrow’s rug until we can’t anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beat the hell out of never trying.

Mark Twain once wrote; “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

You’re the captain of your ship. Freedom. Freedom from yourself. No more wondering. There’s no trying. There’s only action. It’s not a matter of “if” you WANT change in your life. When is the question. And there’s no better time to start than NOW. No one can go back and start over, but everyone can start now and make a brand NEW beginning…


  1. Yes Gus, I know that feeling…. I have been dealing with it for a while now. I am learning to let go…….It is scary and exciting,
    painful and joyous all wrapped into one. My hands are shaking as I know this is it. It is NOW………
    Thank you for letting me travel this road, knowing that God is in control and YOU my friend are there to help guide my thoughts, and help when I stumble.

    • Thank you Judy. Then I hope you join. This is where God has directed me to help others. Facebook is just one venue, an important one yes, but it’s here where the next level is. May God Bless you and your family! 🙂

  2. I have loved this song for a long time. It is very nice with a lot of meaning.
    God is the only Leader for us. He is my only Father and I will live my life for him. Thanks for what you are doing Gus. God be with you. Love and Hugs.

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