I read this blog from Chris Colotti about the VCDX fear of failure. So I thought I’d share my thoughts on that issue. As someone who has failed VCDX on the first attempt (Spoiler alert) Here is what I think
Failure is not the end
Fear of failure is what makes humans what they are. It builds character. It shows the kind of person you are. Ask any VCDX, they will tell you its about the path not the end result. When I failed my first defence I was angry, even ashamed. But that drove me to strive harder, study harder, practise harder.
I believe “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.“ is the best motto for anything in life. The only profession when failure is not an option is as a doctor but even they fail sometimes. (Both my parents are doctors so I know how hard they strive to save every single life).
I know a few people who can’t accept failure in getting through to VCDX defence or passing the defence. They think its a personal insult that they haven’t succeeded in getting VCDX. Its not an insult, if any it just means that you might not have had a great day in the office. Everyone has an off day or 2 or 3.
For me its still only a certification, though being a VCDX is definitely something to be proud of. But aspiring to be a VCDX or for that matter anything that validates you and your knowledge is worth the fear of failure.
Signing off with this..
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.Thomas A. Edison