It’s Impossible to Build on Failure

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

It’s impossible to build on failure, Tony Robbins says:

You build only on success. I turned around the United States Army pistol shooting program. I made certain that the first time someone shot a pistol, instead of shooting the .45 caliber pistol from 50 feet away — which is what they were starting these guys out at — I brought the target literally five feet in front of the students. I wouldn’t let them fire the gun until they had rehearsed over and over again the exact perfect shooting form for two hours. By the time they held the gun, they had every technique perfected, so when they fired, they succeeded. BAM!

At first the Army thought it was stupid, but it put ignition into the students’ brain — “WOW! I’ve succeeded!” — versus shooting bullets into the ceiling or floor the first few times. It created an initial sense of certainty.

I believe in setting people up to win. Many instructors believe in setting them up to fail so they stay humble and they are more motivated. I disagree radically. There is a time for that but not in the beginning. People’s actions are very limited when they think they have limited potential. If you have limited belief, you are going to use limited potential, and you are going to take limited action.


  1. Bert E. says:

    50 percent of all gunfights involving handguns occur at a range of six feet [2 meters] or less.

    The tactics and techniques you use at that range are not the same as you use to engage a target at longer range.

    Even at that short range of six feet most persons firing at one another MISS.

    Witness and see the Youtube video of the Chevie Kehoe shootout.

  2. Alrenous says:

    I’m the opposite way around. If I succeed too fast it seems boring to me. I prefer to succeed at things that are far too difficult to succeed at the first time, or even the tenth time.

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