life beyond the well…

What Would You Attempt to Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?


The title of this post is one of my favorite quotes.  I always use it as an inspiration for my life and as motivation to keep going to accomplish the many dreams that I have.

This quote makes me think of the Randy Pausch- the now famous college professor known for “The Last Lecture”, which has inspired many people across the country and the world.  I bought the book for myself, and it’s one of my favorites.  I gifted it to my mother for Mother’s Day, and she loves it.  I recommended it to a friend, and they gifted it to their mother also.  Seriously, if you haven’t read it, you should.  There’s no hype- it’s really that good.

But really- if you KNEW that failure wasn’t an option- what you attempt to do?  I believe that too many of us are caught up in the fear of failure to even put forth a halfhearted attempt at living our dreams.  Which is, pretty sad.  I also believe that there is something that we are each born to do, that the world is waiting for us to live and accomplish our dreams, so that we can not only inspire others, but leave the world we live in a little better than how it found us.

So- what would you attempt to do?


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

4 thoughts on “What Would You Attempt to Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

  1. I agree. I initially had similar vibes of hesitation before beginning work towards earning my M.ED. I figure now that I have attained this goal, my fairly new consideration is earning a Ph.D. In general, for the purposes of demonstrating unique perseverance and being a stronger positive role model for students for which I work with.

  2. It’s funny, another friend just asked me a similar question a couple weeks ago. Here’s what I said to her (copied and pasted directly from our chat session, so be patient with the lack of appropriate punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, etc.):

    me: probably travelling the world studying different cultures and their various forms of natural/folk medicine. and making a documentary about it. and throwing some massage stuff in there too.

    me: i would be dancing, but not necessarily performing
    on stage or anything

    me: maybe just in cultural ceremonies and stuff

    me: and i would be in love
    with someone who loved me back
    and i would write
    and maybe i would pick up another art… like acting or painting or photography

    I realize now that this list is far from exhaustive. Just a peek into my fantasy world… 🙂

  3. Ha! I was just researching this quote and came across your blog. Very inspiring isn’t it? It has already changed my life in a small way. Let’s see if it can change it in a huge way!

  4. What would I attempt to do ? Make a difference to see if the status quo in just 1 area can be changed for the better……this is what we are trying to do with our new business

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