“Failure trauma” happens when life teaches you that failing – EVER – simply isn’t acceptable. When you become afraid that failing at anything could cause you to become socially ostracized, lose your job, bankrupt your business, or hurt a client or patient.

When your brushes with failure lead to adverse reactions and important, negative consequences, your nervous system will start to overreact. It will constantly fire up with the fear that you might get it wrong. It will be on watch for danger as it tries to protect you. You will become constantly vigilant in a desperate effort to avoid a catastrophe.

There are all kinds of circumstances where it does make sense to be cautious and careful. But when you become obsessed with not failing, your fear of failure no longer protects you. It causes you to hold back, not try, be less creative, less engaged and less fulfilled.

In this episode I explain why the most successful people in business, and the people who advance most quickly in their careers, understand that failure is part of the journey.

It’s a huge relief when you realize that failure can often be a good thing. In fact, failure can be your biggest teacher, help you connect better with other people, and take you closer to your dreams.


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I’m a career coach unlike most. As a former international tax lawyer and partner of Ernst & Young, I’ve been where you are and understand the issues you’re facing. As an artist I know how to connect you with creative inspiration and expand your world.

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I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner with Ernst & Young. I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint. After a couple years painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who feel stuck in their careers and lives and want to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at the George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada (PS called “GRACE” – one of my favourite words!)