Luck is not a factor, Hope is not a strategy, Fear is not an option.

All too often creatives and people of all types fall victim to stagnation. Stagnation can often stem from the fear of failure. Recently I rediscovered a fantastic motivational talk that James Cameron gave to NASA in 2004.

Cameron presented 3 slogans:

  • Luck is not a factor
  • Hope is not a strategy
  • Fear is not an option

The first 2 express the need to, “make your own luck by rigorous application of a robust process.”

The third maxim, “Fear is not an option,” means to push you on and take the risk that goes with trying something new, different, and challenging. The only way to fail is to actually go out and try something. Imagine what kind of a world it would be if no one wanted to take the risk and make the first step on the Moon. (or even take their first steps and learn how to walk)

Here’s a transcript of James Cameron’s speech.

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2 responses to “Luck is not a factor, Hope is not a strategy, Fear is not an option.

  1. Great blog post title Jonathan, I notice that you’re blog is still young, like mine.

    I’ll be sure to check out James Cameron’s speech, sounds like something just up my ally.

    Keep posting I’ll keep coming back.

  2. What fears me most is that it is possible to get trademarks on usefull slogans like “Luck is not a factor, Hope is not a strategy, Fear is not an option”. If you print that on a t-shirt you get in trouble with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
    The posibility to protect things should stop somewhere but I honestly don’t know where and how.

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