I hate to go here in today’s article… I really do. I prefer to keep things positive, and I always like to talk about upside potential and possibility. But I’m also committed to keeping it real. And perhaps my straight talk will free some of you.

2014 was tough for me. I expanded in many ways, and I failed more than I’ve ever failed before.

It’s easy to focus on what worked because many things did work, but I want to let you in on a little secret about my own personal failure this week.

This year I learned firsthand that the more you expand the more you fail. This makes numerical sense, right? Even if your success rate goes up, the more people you reach, the more people that you work with will ‘fail.’

I was talking with a dear friend of mine who I hadn’t talked with in awhile. She’s a new entrepreneur, and we were exchanging stories. She was asking me about my latest business experiences, and I confided how much challenge I faced last year. And that the challenge was mostly on the inside.

She is a great coach, and together we explored why, even though I’m on the other side of the ‘tough stuff’ for the time being, it was still bothering me. And here’s what I came up with. Even though I know better and even though I teach other people to let go of this, I was afraid that people would find out about my ‘failures.’

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