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Overcome fear with our new iPhone App: Failure Games

And now there’s an App for Failing Forward! AppSumo has announced the following:


We’ll challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and get what you want in life

Would you rather have the ability to fly or to become invisible? I was listening to NPR a few days ago when they asked this and it got me thinking …

For me, instinctually, I’d choose invisibility. As an introvert, invisibility is the quiet and simple answer. I could find solitude whenever I wanted it. I could find out what’s in Area 51. I could sneak into Skywalker Ranch and be disappointed ahead of time in the next Star Wars movie.

It feels a bit unsavory, but it’s the easy answer for me. It’s the answer that lets me stay in the comfort of my private life.

Flight, however, seems like the answer of an adventurer. It’s the answer I wish I would give. It’s the answer that rattles around in my head when I hear stories of climbers who scale Mount Everest or see comedians standing in front of a thousand people with nothing but a microphone. It’s daunting, but it’s the answer that I imagine the people I admire most would give.

We all have an idea of who we are and who we want to be. Stepping out of our comfort zone and taking a risk is the first step towards our ideal versions of ourselves.

For me, it’s writing this email to hundreds of thousands of AppSumo subscribers. For you, maybe it’s cold-calling a client or validating your golden business idea.

Getting over that fear of failure is a hurdle some of us never even attempt to jump and that’s the reason we’ve developed a totally free app for iOS 7 devices (iPhones and iPads) called Failure Games.

It works like this. Every day, we’ll release a new challenge. The challenge could be as silly as telling a joke or as socially uncomfortable as asking a complete stranger to have lunch with you.

Some will be harder than others, but every challenge will be designed to get you more at ease with taking chances and with the possibility of failure.

Screenshot of a challenge from the app

This is just one of the fun daily challenges. Think you can do it? 

If you’re like me, you’ll be inspired by others who are successfully completing challenges and encouraged by your followers commenting on your pictures and videos. And with any luck, we’ll realize together that: (more…)


Famous People Who Found Success Despite Failures, by Benny Hsu

J.K Rowling, the author of Harry Potterspoke to the graduating class of Harvard in June 2008. She didn’t talk about success. She talked about failures. Her own in particular. I absolutely love her quote.

“You might never fail on the scale I did,” Rowling told that privileged audience. “But it is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.

She should know. The author didn’t magically become richer than the Queen of England overnight. Penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own, she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.

Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript! A year later she was given the green light by Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury, who agreed to publish the book but insisted she get a day job cause there was no money in children’s books.

What if she stopped at the first rejection? The fifth? Or the tenth?

Read the full post on Benny Hsu’s blog.

Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure What’s the best way to climb to the top? Be a failure.

The Wall Street Journal shares words (and cartoons) by Dilbert creator, Scott Adams. He begins:

“If you’re already as successful as you want to be, both personally and professionally, congratulations! Here’s the not-so-good news: All you are likely to get from this article is a semientertaining tale about a guy who failed his way to success. But you might also notice some familiar patterns in my story that will give you confirmation (or confirmation bias) that your own success wasn’t entirely luck.”

Read his full post on the WSJ website!

You Need to Make More Mistakes, by Adam Smith

Experiences are made up of your wins and losses; the good and bad times; your successes and mistakes. But, what if I told you they can be one and the same? What if your mistakes and successes have more in common than you think? It is time to rethink how we judge performance and spend more time in analyzing mistakes to pull the good out of them. Now, this doesn’t mean not to completely throw away striving for excellence, but what this really means is that you should know mistakes will be made along the way. It is more about accepting them, rather than resisting them. These moments are there to make us better thinkers and to also prevent us from making the same mistakes twice. These are the learning moments.

Read more…






Mishlei/Proverbs 24:16

What is your commentary on Mishlei/Proverbs 24:16? Any stories to share?

טז  כִּי שֶׁבַע, יִפּוֹל צַדִּיק וָקָם;    וּרְשָׁעִים, יִכָּשְׁלוּ בְרָעָה.

16 For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again, but the wicked stumble under adversity.

When Failure Isn’t Failure | Darim Online, Lisa Colton

Too often we get hung up on THE NEXT GREAT IDEA that will save or transform the Jewish community.  Following stark headlines birthed by the recent Pew study, I suspect the urgency around this may even grow.  {Yawn}.

I’m more interested in looking at the world and our challenges opportunities through new lenses.  Sometimes a tweak here and there is a great approach for improving your work. Sometimes we need to think bigger. But as the scale of the idea (and the investment required to make it come to life) increases, the risk of possible failure increases as well.  Our fear of failure therefore often acts as the glass ceiling of our biggest ideas and freshest thinking.

Those making really profound progress in our rapidly evolving world aren’t afraid of failure.  As detailed in The Lean StartUp, it’s not always about the A+ landslide victory of your idea, it’s about developing it in a smart and nimble way. It’s about seeing the small failures and improving upon them.  (more…)


1. Thomas Edison failed approximately 10,000 times while he was working on the light bulb.

2. Henry Ford was broke at the age of 40.

3. Lee Iacocca was fired by Henry Ford II at the age of 54.

4. Young Beethoven was told that he had no talent for music, but he gave some of the best music to the world.

Read the full post here!