So, this is a different kind of blog post. It’s quite introspective.
A lot of people document their successes but you very rarely hear about their failures. The truth is, people fail all the time, successful people fail at things, rich people fail at things, entrepreneurs fail at things. That’s the they way it is, but you will probably only ever hear about their success stories.
No one wants to talk about how they lost money on a failed investment, or how they lost a pitch because they didn’t have their facts right. No one wants to share how their super awesome business plan failed before it even got off the ground or how they lost a big client to a competitor. This happens to people all the time, you just don’t hear about it.
I used to be very afraid of failure, mainly because I have failed, and it wasn’t nice. A fear of failure is very hindering, it causes a lack of confidence and it suppresses your drive and ambition. No one ever succeeded by not doing. It’s better to do and fail than not do at all. If you don’t ever attempt to do anything you have zero chance of achieving your goals.
Some of the most successful people in the world failed before they got to where they are now.
Walt Disney was fired from a job at a newspaper because they thought he lacked imagination. Steven Spielberg was rejected by a prestigious film school. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her 1st TV job, Jay Z was rejected by numerous record labels before eventually starting his own, JK Rowling received many rejections before finding success, Steve jobs was sacked by his own company… The list goes on.
If things don’t go to plan, learn from it and move on. Successful people don’t dwell on their mistakes, they take it as a learning experience and focus on moving forward.
I’m constantly trying to improve and grow my business but it’s not without its hurdles. I’ll have successes, I’ll have epic fails… that’s just the way it goes 🙂