05/01/2014 01:26 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Akhil Sharma: 'Fear Of Failure' Is Counterproductive

British author Akhil Sharma found a liberating quality in the prospect of failing.

"Other people write bad books. Other people waste years of their life. So, why should this not happen to me?" he recalled telling himself while penning his book, "Family Life," in a HuffPost Live interview on Wednesday.

"I became much more accepting of what I viewed as failure. I had attempted to do something and was unable to do it," he said, referring to how he remained motivated to continue chipping away at his novel in spite of feeling as though his writing was sub-par.

But he quickly realized how to reset and get back on the path to success.

"That was one way to turn it around, and the other way was, simply, I kept working," he added. "I had spent seven years on this project. I spent another five and a half years, and this book would not be done -- and the book would not have achieved the renown that it does -- without both of those things."

Watch HuffPost Live's full segment on how a "fear of failure" can be crippling below:



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