Why Settling Is Worse Than Failure


A slow death…that’s what it feels like.

Settling is accepting lower standards for yourself. If you’ve stayed at a job years past when you said you’d quit, you’re settling.

At least with failure it means you tried something and the result didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. The key differentiator here is: you tried.

The most successful people in this world fail more than you do. You only hear about their success stories because failure isn’t inspiring. Truth is in order to succeed, you have to risk failing. That means trying is better than settling.

Settling is waving the white flag. It says, “I give up.” It’s the belief that you’re a victim and you deserve less in life. The mind is a powerful thing and when you allow it to dwell in past regrets it freezes over.

If you’re feeling stuck in any part of your life right now, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather risk failure and try or live with regret for the rest of my life?

No risk, no reward. If you don’t try, there’s a zero percent chance you can succeed. Settling is essentially telling yourself, “I can’t.” Once you believe that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Never settle.

Winsight Episode 16: No Risk, No Reward

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No risk, no reward is one of my favorite sayings. I first saw it on the back of someone’s shirt and even though I can’t recall what was on the front, this motto has stuck with me for a while now. It reminds me of Nike’s Just Do It, also one of my favorite brands.

There’s risk with EVERYTHING you do, so instead of overanalyzing things too much, try it. There is value in doing your research, being cautious and making financially sound decisions, BUT I’ve seen too many wasted opportunities lost because of hesitation. Conditions will never be perfect, someone will always oppose you and consequences are surely attached, YET you know what I fear almost more than anything else? Regret.

In this episode, we’ll discuss the following concepts:

The difference between dreaming and trying

Entrepreneurial risk vs. corporate risk

The Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hide reality of the unknown

What the movies “Along Came Polly” and “Tin Cup” can teach you about risk

What risks have you taken that have paid off for you? What risks have backfired, yet you still learned a valuable lesson from? Please share the “rewards” of being of risk-taker below: