What Would You Do If You Couldn’t Fail?

“Who then is invincible? The one who cannot be upset by anything outside their reasoned choice.”

-Epictetus, Discourses, 1.18.21

Start with this question Tony Robbins always likes to ask:

What would you do if you couldn’t fail?

Really think about it. What would make you truly happy? Don’t think about the money, don’t think about the logistics of getting there. Just write down what would most make you happy in life.

Then ask yourself a question Peter Theil likes to ask:

How can you achieve your ten-year plan in the next six months?

A bold and radical question such as this one deserves a bold and radical answer. Give it one.

The best part of asking these questions is everything needed to make your goals happen is within your control. Addressing your dreams with faith only and not action puts those goals outside of your direct reach. Then because achieving those goals is what you actually want not doing anything about it frustrates you because you’re leaving it up to chance by not taking chances.

You become invincible when you take control of what you do day to day and start doing work that moves you closer and closer to your ultimate goals. Then anything outside of your control doesn’t bother you because you know exactly what you want, and you are doing everything in your power to achieve it.

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