Foster Failure

Foster Failure

Foster Failure, encourage character, and forget the rest.

If you look at successful entrepreneurs in the world, most have a slew of failures (failed products, failed ideas, failed companies) and a very small amount of successes.

From 30,000 feet, they're viewed as a massive success. And yes, they've been successful. But not in the way you think.

Success doesn't come by trying to be successful. It often comes by being to willing to put yourself out there—being willing to fail—then being willing to get back up, learn from the first effort, start over, and try again.

Success is more about not giving up (always finding a way), than it is about anything else.

Money is nice. It's needed to accomplish many things. But money doesn't equal success. Nor does success equal money.

As an entrepreneur, are you in it for the money? Or are you in it to build something that solves a problem and helps in some way?

This is not the easy path. It's becoming more culturally acceptable. But being an entrepreneur has never been about being easy—case in point, most startups fail and the ones that do succeed take multiple years to hit any sort of sustainable growth. It's about choosing yourself, being competitive, and wanting to dominate your industry. And it's about being willing to fail as many times as it takes to build something you can be proud of.

Things to start failing at:

  • Asking random strangers to sign up for your website or try your new product—most will say no.
  • Coming up with new ideas and sharing some of them—most ideas will suck.
  • Doing your craft. Writing. Taking photos. Speaking. Whatever it is.—most of it won't be very good at first.
  • Asking for new business.—Try it.
  • Asking for help.—inside you'll be fearing rejection. The more you ask, the better you get at it. Most people will help at least in some way (referrals, advice, recommendations).

(photo via alex proimos)