Fear of Failure — Why Is It So Hard to Commit?

Do you say you want to make something happen, but in reality you’re avoiding the commitment?

Does your fear of failure keep you from putting yourself out in the world?

And what can we learn from the mighty honey badger about getting over our precious egos?

In today’s coaching call, I talk with someone who says their purpose in life is to be a life coach. However, when we look at his actions and progress, we see that his fear of failing keeps him stuck. We explore a strange way to overcome this fear of failure as well as what it takes to truly commit to the work.

In this interview:

  • Are you out of alignment with your life purpose?
  • Fear of putting yourself out in the world
  • “We dick around to the extent that our life allows us to dick around.”
  • How to make following through the easiest thing to do
  • Being the pro vs the amateur


  • Finding peace by experiencing what we’re trying to avoid
  • What if you were good at dying (and being reborn)?
  • Phil Stutz – “Only the dead survive.”
  • What can we learn about the mighty honeybadger?
  • Fixating on yourself instead of the difference you make

Note: What you’re about to hear is an actual coaching call. The person being coached volunteered and gave explicit permission to have our conversation recorded for this podcast.

About Tripp Lanier

Tripp Lanier is a professional coach, author of This Book Will Make You Dangerous, and host of The New Man Podcast: Beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp which — for over a decade — has been downloaded millions of times.

Since 2005, he has spent thousands of hours coaching people all around the world to get out of the rat race, become an authority in their field, and make a great living doing the work they were put on this earth to do. Over the years he’s designed several businesses to support a simple lifestyle focused on freedom, ease, meaning, and fun.

If you’d like to learn more about coaching with Tripp Lanier visit TrippLanier.com.