A long time ago, our class went to watch The Dark Knight Rises.
The whole movie was 164 minutes, yet only one scene stuck with me:
Blind Prisoner: You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.
Bruce Wayne: Why?
Blind Prisoner: How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulses of the spirit: the fear of death.
Bruce Wayne: I do fear death. I fear dying here, while my city burns, and there’s no one there to save it.
Blind Prisoner: Then make the climb.
Bruce Wayne: How?
Blind Prisoner: As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.
If you know that there’s a rope holding on to your life and that you will not die even if you fail, then you’ll never be able to escape. But if you climb without the rope, knowing that failing is not an option, it’s most likely you won’t. But of course, please make sure you are as fit as Batman before attempting the climb.
Morale of story:
Sometimes, you have to give up all your backup plans in order to succeed.
Or in other words, be afraid of failing.
BUT, the speakers (AKA successful people) at every entrepreneurship workshop and talk I’ve ever attended bring to us the message “Don’t be scared of failing”, “Failure is the mother of success”, etc, which is the total opposite of the prison scene. And surely, “失败乃成功之母” wouldn’t have come about without a good reason right?
So then which do you think is the better way to achieve success?