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.