27 Reasons Why You Might Fail & 2 Reasons Why You WILL

Why You Might Fail

  • You don’t have the time.
  • You don’t have the talent.
  • You don’t have the energy.
  • You don’t have the experience.
  • You don’t have the money.
  • People think you will.
  • You’re not strong enough.
  • You’re not smart enough.
  • You’re not creative enough.
  • Your fortune cookie horoscope advised against it.
  • No one cares what you have to say.
  • No one’s done it before.
  • Not one’s done it that way before.
  • It’s not the way things are done.
  • Someone once laughed at it.
  • Other people would probably do it better.
  • Your dog looked confused when you explained it to him.
  • It’s too silly.
  • It’s too naïve.
  • It’s too ambitious.
  • You’ll never make a living off of it.
  • You’ll miss way too much TV.
  • The experts say it won’t work.
  • The prototype didn’t work.
  • It’s Monday.
  • You’re a nobody.
  • You’re not sure.


Why You WILL Fail

  • You give up on trying.
  • You never try to begin with.


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  • Anonymous

    What a great list and inspiring truth about life. I have little to loose by trying, and nothing to gain by not trying.


    • Exactly!  There are a million and one reasons why something *might* not work.  The only way to guarantee failure is never to try in the first place!

  • Oh the excuses we make!  I would add, substitute the phrase “working on” for “trying” when you speak to others or talk to yourself in your head.  Instead of,”I am trying to make my dream come true,” use “I am working on making my dream come true.”  Seems like semantics but it isn’t.  When you “try” you can find yourself always in the process of trying.  When you are” working on” something that implies progress, and sooner or later (if you just “do” instead of making excuses) you’ll actually get there.  Thanks for the post!

    • That’s a really great distinction.  The way we phrase things makes a huge difference in how we view them.

  • Excellent post! Too often people get so caught up on the mights, that they don’t even try. 

    • I know I certainly do.  I’m trying hard to remember that the only way the “mights” limit me is if I believe them and fixate on them.

  • Meg | One Love Meg

    Great list! It’s all about fighting through the excuses and just doing it already. Thanks for sharing.

    • My pleasure.  Serves as a good reminder to myself, also.  😀

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  • Andrew Olson

    Cordelia, this is such a clear message, direct and to the point. Life is all about failing, mistakes are what push your forward into new areas of growth. Understand you might fail, even welcome that possibility, and go do it always. Like you said, the only way you can REALLY fail is by giving up or not starting to begin with. 

    • Precisely!  Plenty of those “mights” might very well be valid barriers you have to overcome, some might be things that only hold you back if you believe they’re true (or that they make any difference).  The potential for failure should never be a reason not to try.  It’s only in not trying that you are guaranteed to fail.

  • It’s interesting that I laughed out loud at #s 17,22 and 25, but I really should be laughing at all of them – they’re all equally ridiculous reasons to give up. 

  • Oh heeeey, aint this the truth. 

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