MoxieCast 038: How not to fear failure, with Dr Erin Baker

November 13th, 2019 LIKE WHAT YOU READ? SHARE IT!

MoxieCast Episode 38

Today’s guest craves failure (not chocolate like the rest of us).

Most people will run a mile to avoid failing and looking bad, lest folks point and laugh.

Not Dr. Erin Baker.

She’s a leadership coach with a PhD in social psychology. In her previous career, Erin held senior roles at Microsoft and Facebook (READ: lots of pressure to perform and get things right).

With a big brain and a stellar career, you might find yourself thinking, “Say what?” if I told you that Erin was terrified of failing.

Or rather, she used to be.

Instead of living in fear, Erin geeked out on it, examined it like a scientist, and came up with some fascinating conclusions that you want to know about

If you’ve got bullet-proof confidence and eat fear for breakfast (with a side of spiders), this episode is NOT for you. Have a lovely day. Bye now!

But if you’ve ever felt like a weenie, doubted yourself, or played small because you’re afraid to splat, then tune in my friend. You’re in for a treat.

Here’s a few things we play with in this episode:

  • When you fail, do you move on, or do you chastise yourself on replay? (Remember that time you screwed up in 1977?) 
  • How getting clear on real vs. perceived risk can be a game-changer
  • Dreaming big (it starts with small steps)
  • Befriending failure? Research and data make all the difference
  • What failure actually means, depends on you (I never thought about it like that…)

Join us! There’s bubbly at the end!


Links and Resources:

Dr. Erin Baker

Dr. Erin Baker on Facebook

Dr. Erin Baker on LinkedIn

The Little Engine That Could

Mandy Lehto on Instagram

Review MoxieCast on iTunes


Quotes by Dr. Erin Baker:


“I am a recovering perfectionist. I spent the first 33 years of my life just absolutely terrified of what it meant if I failed.”

“These days, I actually crave failure.”

“When we fail, we’ve just done some sort of action.”

“Bubbles for everyone!” (very possibly the best quote ever)

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