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What I Learned From Harold Camping This Weekend

Source: nymag.com

First of all let me say, I’m baaackkkkk! It’s been 2 months since my last blog post and my conscience has been kicking my butt ever since. I knew I had to start blogging again but I couldn’t think of anything to say.

Thank God for the world ending this weekend! (or not ) and providing me with some nice fodder for a blog post.

Let me start off by saying that I won’t use this post to ridicule those Christians who believed that the world would end on May 21. (OK maybe a little, since the Bible does say, and I’m paraphrasing here, “No man knows the day or the hour of when the Lord shall come”. You think they would’ve read that part huh?)

But all jokes aside, I want to focus this post on the leader of this movement and Family Radio Founder and CEO, Harold Camping. I’ve listened to Harold Camping on the radio many times before, and never once upon hearing his radio show did I think he was crazy (OK, except for that one time in 1995…but I was too young to remember that anyways).

So when I read about him making another prediction that the world was going to end, I smhed, or smacked my head, or whatever smh means.

I thougth to myself, isn’t this guy supposed to be an expert on the bible??? How can he predict when the Rapture will happen?

Still, Camping went through with his plan, creating a media frenzy with high profile interviews and millions of dollars worth of advertising, many of it other people’s money.

And while it might be easy to dismiss Camping as a crazed idiot or religious fanatic, I would say that Camping has one important thing to teach us:

Don’t be afraid to Fail!

I, like many others, am afraid of Failure. It’s one of those fears that prevents you from talking to that girl you think is cute, or starting your own business, or losing that 15 lbs off your waistline.

The fear of Failure is something that I am trying to overcome by putting myself out there and taking risks. Because I know that even if I Fail, I’ll get another chance to succeed by learning from my mistakes.

Harold Camping must have thought this in 1995. Sure, it must have been crushing to make such a public declaration and Fail, and 2011 surely must have been epically (is that a word?) crushing, since it was a Failure of such epic proportions.

But after reading some articles about him and his followers, I have no doubt that Camping will be back, trying to predict the end of the world again. Why? Because he believes so much that it will happen, that the thought of Failing won’t even occur to him. Here’s a direct quote from Camping’s interview with NY Magazine a few days before the supposed end of the world:

Interviewer: If six o’clock rolls around and there are no major earthquakes, are you going to start to get worried?

Camping: It’s going to happen. It’s going to happen. I don’t even think about those kind of issues. The Bible is not — God is not playing games. I don’t even want to think about that question at all. It is going to happen.

And that is a lesson we all should take from this. There are things that we are afraid of trying or doing because we know that there is the potential of failure. If we could just apply a similar mindset to the ideas that we have (which are most likely not as far-fetched as Camping’s), then we have a good chance of being successful. You may not be successful the first, second, or third time, or maybe even at all, but at least you tried.

And until you try and fail, and then try again, you have no idea if that dream of yours will come true.

So what are you waiting for?

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