How to Avoid Regret


“Well, I guess if a person never quit when the going got tough, they wouldn’t have anything to regret for the rest of their life. Well good luck to you Peter. I’m sure this decision won’t haunt you forever.” (Lance Armstrong, Dodgeball Movie)

Watching Dodgeball again last night had me in stitches. It is one of those movies that you can sit back and be entertained. It is so silly and unrealistic that it is funny. It was a great way to unwind on a Friday night.

Towards the end of the movie as Peter La Fleur is sitting at the bar and had decided to quit, Lance Armstrong came over and said the above quote. It was enough to get Peter La Fleur back into the game, however I think there is something in the quote for me to think about. If I try something I may fail. If I do not try something then I may live in regret. Which decision is going to haunt me more?

I think back over my life at the times I have failed and also at the times I failed to try. I think it is the times that I failed to try that haunt me most…. It is the times that I did not even try something. I think to myself “what would have happened if I had tried?”


  • What haunts you more, failing or failing to try?
  • What is something that you are avoiding at the moment that if you do not try will end in regret?
  • What is something that you are thinking of quitting that will end in regret if you quit?



About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is an Entrepreneur that loves life and is passionate about adventure. Attila Ovari writes, speaks and coaches to inspire others to better themselves through following their passions and chasing their dreams. He has developed his passions of inspiration, leadership and strategy into strengths through his businesses and community pursuits.

Posted on Saturday, 04 Oct 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. There is an odd safety net of I could have done better if I tried harder (which I’m trying to get over). The idea of failing when I know I truly dedicated myself and sacrificed is what scares me. So it’s that odd half way point between trying and quitting.

    • It seems that it is a mind game…. Failure and success is based on what we tell ourselves…..I think that you make a good point of one way we hold ourselves back by the way we think. I challenge you to go 100%…

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