Sell Without Selling Podcast

Episode #157

Does Fear of Failure Prevent Your Success

On this solo episode, Stacey is talking about how failure, and the fear of failure, can show up in your business journey and in your life.

Key Takeaways:

  • Inaction is usually about priorities.
  • Those who judge failure, are projecting. It isn’t about you.
  • The great thing about programming is that it can be written over.

“I define failure as feedback. What didn’t work and what did work. ” -Stacey O’Byrne



(First ~2 mins)


Hey. Welcome back to another episode of Sell Without Selling. I am your host, Stacey O’Byrne and I believe that learning the art and the science of how to sell without selling is the only way to achieve high six and seven figure success.

I am really excited to get into today’s episode. Really quick, if you are a business owner, entrepreneur, or sales professional, and you haven’t hit the level of success that you wanted or needed, or if you’re stuck and needing a pivot in your business, in your success – or maybe you just want more, and you understand the importance of having a coach to help identify the blind spots, increase accountability, and help with success strategies to take you, your business, your income, and your success to the next level – if this sounds like something for you, then head over to There’s a quick application there that will lead to a personal phone call with me to see if we’re a great fit for each other. Alright let’s do this.

Does the fear of failure prevent success for you? You know, I talk with a lot of entrepreneurs, self-employed, business owners, and independent sales professionals, and this conversation comes up a multitude of ways. You know, some people wear failure as a badge of honor. And that’s great if they truly did learn from it, transform from it, and evolve from it. For some people, they almost look for bragging rights about their journey and failure. I am all about having a very healthy, positive relationship with failure. However, for me, failure is defined in a way where it’s feedback. So I take that feedback, I incorporate it as the learnings that it’s meant to be about what worked, what didn’t work, what I did really good, what I can do really better, what didn’t work at all, and what I didn’t do well at all, and how I can change that.

But for some people, it’s almost like they brag about their failures and they really didn’t get anywhere with it. They didn’t get that feedback.

So this podcast really isn’t about that, though. What this episode is about is how the fear of failure really shuts you down, really prevents people from really pursuing their dreams, their desires, their goals, their destiny, their future. For some people, fearing failure creates procrastination. For some people, fearing failure really shuts them down, fires off the itty-bitty shitty committee, because they’re constantly looking for perfection, so if they can’t do it perfect, they can’t do it at all. And for some people it just creates paralysis, analysis paralysis, or just the paralysis of taking zero action because they really don’t know what to do.

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