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  • Jelena Woehr

    This is beautiful! I'm speaking to a group of professional women tomorrow and my talk includes a point on "social media induced fear of f*cking up," in other words the phenomenon where intelligent, innovative people are reduced to approval-seeking automatons on social media because they're afraid they might receive a mean comment in response. I'm going to mention your TED talk as something to watch if they feel that pattern is limiting them in areas of their life beyond social media, too. The fear of failure is also a fear of success: In other words, we try to be perfect at what we are doing right NOW, but that also prevents us from doing something greater where we know we can't possibly be perfect right away and will learn, fail, fall, and try again. Oh no, better to stay right where we are and be perfect... NOT! Nobody can reach their ultimate potential without taking a huge risk and falling flat on their face now and then.

    • Derick Tsai

      Thanks for the kind words and thank you for sharing it in your talk! It is funny how the desire to be perfect in front of people actually keeps us from moving forward : )

  • jpersell

    WOW!!!! Derick what an empowering message you portray!! Vulnerability = true strength! I am so moved and will share this with others! Keep up the excellent vibe! Continue to get your message out there - I am a teacher and students would love to hear you! You know how to connect to the spirit - we need more of that connection - thanks for sharing - Best to you!

    • Derick Tsai

      Much thanks Jeanine! What grade do you teach? The kids in the audience were all in high school and I forgot how taboo admitting failure was at that age. I wanted to communicate that most of the good stuff is learned at the bottom. So glad you enjoyed the talk!

      • jpersell

        Hi Derick,

        I teach fourth grade, yet have worked with all age groups including high school students (many at-risk - I despise that term!). I am not surprised to hear you were speaking to high school students - exactly what I was thinking! Yes, especially the youth everyone just wants to belong! Sharing what you went through helps others to feel they are no different - we are all the same! Amazing for having the courage to step out and SHARE! That's what is it all about - sharing! Love to hear if you will be have any more talks!

        • Derick Tsai

          Thanks for the encouragement Jeanine! It was never one of those things I ever thought I'd do, the situation just presented itself : ) Thanks for all the great work you all do as educators! I saw first hand what a difference a good teacher can make in a student's life. Take care and I'll definitely let you know when there's more speaking engagements : ) If you want you can sign up for our newsletter at to keep up with everything! Take care and thank you again!

  • seabreezn

    Tsai - Thanks for the inspirational sharing of your journey= "Tsai " your a >:-") sigh....

  • Monicadefrance

    Thank you Derick--- I so needed this. As an entrepreneur, always facing setbacks and vulnerability. This just hit the spot for me now... someone creating with his eye...somewhere- so inspirational & moving!

  • paula lombardo

    Life is a journey, like a roller coaster ride, with ups and downs, and so much to learn about ourselves and the universe, and what our purpose is in it! We need to hang on and enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jeff Nelder

    Brilliant idea that bottoming out is actually a foundation, rock solid, from which to learn and evolve- and create!

    • Derick Tsai

      Thanks Jeff! There's some good stuff way down there at the bottom : )

  • veenask

    I relate, thanks for sharing.

  • Allison Voglesong

    I love this concept of embracing failure and learned a great lesson from a "design thinking" expert Mike Brennan, wherein he promoted the idea of failing often, prototying frequently, and questioning your "final" product constantly and scientifically. I wrote I bit about how that translated to the stages of growth that my employer underwent and how failure benefitted our model. Thank you, Derick, for sharing your wisdom too.

    • Derick Tsai

      Hey Allison thanks for sharing!