Fomo. Fear of missing out. It’s that feeling you get when you’re sitting at home scrubbing your bathtub and you suspect your friends are out having an amazing time together.

Fomo sounds like a dorky feeling to have, but leaders need to have fomo. Big time.

This is what I mean: leaders need to fear missing out on great opportunities more than they fear failing at a venture. In short, leaders need to define failure differently. Failure isn’t so much stumbling in a step you’ve taken. It’s failing to step out in the first place. Are you afraid of looking like an idiot because you tried something new and it blew up in your face? I know I am. That’s why I need to change. Sure, we’ll never get away from the fear of failure, but the fear of missed opportunities needs to be a greater driving force.

In The Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley writes that “for the leader, failure is defined in terms of missed opportunities rather than failed enterprises.”

If I had to choose, I’d rather be remembered for my mistakes, than not remembered because I never made any.

Do you fear failure more than missed opportunities? Leave a comment here.


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