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Failure 101: Why Bombing is Good For You with Geri Paige
Episode 2710th February 2021 • This Shit Works • Julie Brown
00:00:00 00:35:21

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Ask any average person why they haven't accomplished their goals yet, and more often than not, their answer will be because they are afraid that they will fail. Why are we, as humans, taught to fear failure, and where does it have its roots?

Ever since our school days, we are taught to categorize things as either right or wrong. The answers are either correct or incorrect, pass or fail, with zero lessons designed to teach you how to learn from your failures. We are taught only to be embarrassed by them to fear repeating them.

You can't figure out if something works until you break it apart, and that is what our guest today did. Without ever having been in front of a live audience or even trying her hand at comedy before, Geri signed up not only for a stand-up class but an improv class, too, simply because she was interested in it and had always wondered if she was funny. What she got out of it was an amazing mechanism for overcoming her fear of failure.

Geri Paige Butner is a Business Launch & Life Alignment Coach, who helps people align their life and work with what brings them fulfillment and joy. Geri shares with us the crazy journey she's had as a stand-up comedian, how she has learned from repetition, retooling, and keeping her cool with a subjective audience. She also discusses the variables that you need to consider when presenting in front of a live audience.

Remember the episode with Nicole Kalil where we talked about how perfection is your number one confidence derailer? Well, that sneaky bugger keeps coming up over and over again, and today we discuss how everything doesn't have to be perfect, that there is tremendous value and opportunity in things that are not perfect. We begin to take bigger risks when we know that we will survive whatever we take on.

Listen in and make the best out of another few minutes of your life!

The Drink of the Week is The Rusty Nail

Cheers to all the times you #NailedIt and failed miserably at trying something for the first time. It’s a simple combination of scotch and the scotch-based liqueur Drambuie, a word derived from the Gaelic meaning “the drink that satisfies.


1 1/2 ounces Scotch whisky

3/4 ounce Drambuie

Add the scotch and Drambuie into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well-chilled and then strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube.

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