Daring the Odds

Don’t be afraid of failure by refusing to try out your effort. The real monster is success attained without previous failures.


Patty Hansen tells of how:

Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile spring soil.

The first seed said, “I want to grow!  I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earth’s crust above me . . . I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring . . . I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!”

And so she grew.

The second seed said, “I am afraid.  If I send my roots into the ground below, I don’t know what I will encounter in the dark.  If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts . . . what if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them?  And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground.  No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe.”

And so she waited.

A yard hen scratching around in the early spring ground for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.


Life holds a lot of fantasies for anyone with a creative mindset. As far as creativity is concerned nothing is really odious in life. Creativity in itself generates fantasies from its all important play upon ideas, systems of thoughts and and the various norms of reasoning.

Anybody with a creative mindset can constantly catch fun by conceiving and defending their personal values. Despite those possibilities, they can usually find the counter arguments that surround their reasoning to be more fun. And that is where life has always played tricks on most people.

For instance, it does make a lot of sense when you thought it would rain because the clouds were lowering. You could go fantasizing around your reasons. Perfect! So what happens when it failed to rain, despite the clouds were dark? Ordinarily, you would feel disappointed. That’s okay!

But truth is that, the latter can usually generate more curiosity and invariably more fun. In the event of failure, you could go fantasizing around trying to understand why it had failed to rain, despite the clouds were lowering. It is very likely that you are going to catch more fun while struggling to understand why your argument had failed. In other words, the fantasies that you get from successfully predicting the rain can never be as huge as the fun you would receive from understanding a failed prediction and the possible corrections for future applications, where necessary.

People with a creative mindset do not see failure as anything in life. It only gives them more reasons to be curious. And anything that generates curiosity is more fun with anybody with a creative mindset.

As far as they are concerned, failures are what you make out of them. For anybody with a creative mindset, failure actually becomes failure when you look upon it that way. Otherwise, when you look at your presumed failures from a different window, you can well say that they were just lessons that you necessarily had to learn to keep the lawn in order.

Anybody with a creative mindset very well understands that it is the high level of allusive daydreaming to be pushed into success without having to struggle for it. As a matter of, when success plays into your hands you’re sure to miss out of the fantasies that come with rising and failure on the path that leads to fortune and fame. 

At that juncture, you would certainly feel great with the luxury it brings. But in the center of your high feelings, chances there are you would miss out of the wisdom to use for security in the days of success. As that might be your greatest undoing, you would have realized that those days you attempted success and failed at it had most definitely served as your days of training.


1. Whenever you are thinking of taking some risks, it is advisable for you to ensure that the risk is worthwhile.

2. When you are thinking of taking some huge risks, then you would need to understand the most appropriate timing that your response could be more rewarding.

3. Before you set your eyes on the ball, it will be wise for you to identify your most potent weapon and get yourself position to deploy them accordingly.

4. By the time you have successful set out on your journey to the unknown, you must understand when to take over and when to take cover.

5. Fear is one thing that mustn’t be associated with you at all. Therefore, you must get rid of fear completely. 

6. Keep track of where you are coming from while focusing on where you are going. In other words, do not forget the challenge that got you started in the first place.

7. Finally, keep track of any feedback as it can help you to keep up with point four above. Getting the necessary feedback might let you know when to change your course.

Remember. . . 

“Don’t be afraid of failure by refusing to try out your effort. The real monster is success attained without previous failures.”

So, I want to thank you for reading. Now if you need help getting unstuck, I want you to consider grabbing a coaching session with me, where my skill is the ability to quickly read people and to understand how they can make, master and channel their creative ideas for productivity. If you want that kind of high impact coaching, you can learn more at vcl.org.ng/ All the details are there on the coaching page.

Friends, I want to thank you so much for being here with me today, as I have said, it is such an honor to have you as my audience. And if you have questions for the show or questions for me, you can pop them to me on Facebook, or shoot them to me on LinkedIn, And I’d love to continue serving you. Have a wonderful day.

1 thought on “Daring the Odds”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *