• Megan Filoramo

What would you do if you couldn't fail?

Have you ever really thought about that? If success was 100% guaranteed, what would you choose to do?


I wrote this question in the middle of a page, sure that I would find myself writing tons of ideas all around it, filling the page with dreams of all shapes and sizes.


I wrote “train for leadville” and then stopped, stumped.

Now for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking

about, The Leadville 100 Mile Trail Run is an ultramarathon that happens every August, starting and ending in the highest city in the US at 10,152 feet. It sounds insane (ok, it IS insane) but you only need to go once as a crew member, or spectator, to drink the Kool Aid. It is an amazing 30 hour experience of hundreds of runners going through the Colorado mountains, starting in the dark and cold and running through the day and night, all for the glory of being a finisher (and a big belt buckle).

It’s grueling... and inspiring.


In all fairness, before you get super impressed, I am not currently running AT ALL and the longest distance I have ever run in my life is 13.1 miles. So this was somewhat surprising that it was the first thing I wrote on my “if I couldn’t fail” page of ideas.


I was equally surprised that it was hard for me to come up with other things that I really would go all in on if I couldn’t fail. And I realized, so often we wish things would “be better” but we don’t even really define not only what that means but what role we play in it.


So I sat there until I thought of other things. If I couldn’t fail, I would make tons of offers to help people. I would save 50K just because. I would offer my programs to improve nursing satisfaction at work to my current employer. I would lose the rest of the weight and keep it off without a lot of drama. I would actively look for ways to improve my work environment even when I felt like I had no power. I would take action before I’m ready.


I don’t have 3 simple steps or the key to making it happen.



All I have is the powerful question:

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?


Ask it of yourself. Mull it over. Write down your answers and mull it over some more.

The truth is, I may never run Leadville. But by asking myself the question, I have stirred up the thrill of possibility, I’ve identified something that I really want...


and that’s enough to get me started.



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