Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?

Something that i posted somewhere else before. Seems good enough to repost it here though. Enjoy!

Instead of talking about all the heavy stuff in the world i want to talk about some questions that are floating around in life in general. Most of these questions are propably something many people already did ask themselves before.So, after all the heavy stuff that i wrote about in my philosophical introduction posts im actually taking break there before im going to continue to talk about philosophical systems and so on. Instead of that im going to talk about some questions that are floating around in life that. Most of these questions are propably something many people already did ask themselves before.
You know, stuff like what is matter or what is a number or why we humans just cant describe some things, as hard as we might try.
I actually searched around a bit on the internet to find some good questions that one could talk about. There are tons of those out there, no mistake about that, but you need to ask them correctly before you can analyse the problem they are describing.
One of these questions is e.g.:”Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?”
A solid question. A common one aswell. I mean, everyone was atleast once in her or his life at a point where he/she failed and did ask him- or herself: ‘Why did i try this?”. Similar to that most people propably already pondered before certain discussions if they should do it and what would happen if they would fail.
But what is actually worse here?
In general people will tell you that you should try something even if you fail. People did it before when i wasnt sure if i should do something, others will propably experience the same all the time. Its kinda like when you dont even try you cant be successful. Which is correct in its own way. If i apply for a job i actually need to give them my application if i want the job. On the other hand, if i dont apply i cant fail. Which sounds like a argument from defeatism. Defeatism is basically when you accept your loss without even struggling. Though i would see this differently here.
You see, this basically comes down to ‘Can i do this or can i not?’. And i personally believe that it is important for humans to accept the fact that we have boundaries that we can not surpass at this very moment in time. There are things a human can not do at certain moments in time, like traveling through space without a space suit or traveling through time (atleast for now i guess, who knows?).Additionally to that, there are things for every human being out there that he or she can not do as an individual right now. Those boundaries change all the time, obviously. As a baby i cant write a computer program, doesnt matter how hard i try. As an adult i will never understand the perspective of a baby. I just cant do it. Im too far gone from that to ever understand it again. The same goes for every other thing out there. There are things that we can do and there are others that we cant. Understanding that and knowing my own boundaries is a good step in actually using this to your advantage. I mean, this sounds so very negative, right? All of it. There are things you just cant do right now and thats all there is to it. But thats where your advantage kicks in.
If you just rely on mere chance to achive your goals your chances of actually failing at something are propably rather high. But knowing your boundaries can help with that. First of all, this would allow you to improve. As you might have noticed, im always writing about how there are certain things one can not do right now. Its important that this describes a certain point in time. It doesnt tell anyone anything about other points in time like e.g. the future. That leaves room for you to actually taking advantage of the situation. Minimize the chance to fail. Change the boundaries that you know of.Secondly, it lowers your risk of failing unexpectedly. This is kind of the worst feeling, right? You try something, you fail just like that. It did seem so good and it should have been fine. But it wasnt. Thirdly, knowing your boundaries actually furthers the cause of knowing yourself, something that sometimes doesnt get the attention it deserve these days. You like it or not, boundaries are a part of you. They can tell you a lot about yourself and who you are.
So in the end, my answer to that question would be an answer from rationalism. Dont let emotions or anything like that guide your decisions when it is important. Try to rationally decide if a problem or anything like it is something that lies inside of your boundaries. Obviously you still could fail then. There are no guarantees. But i will always take failing after consciously thinking about the problem at hand and deciding im capable to solve it over blindly running into my demise.

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