Motto :: Failure

don't be afraid to fail be afraid not to try

The fact of the matter is that you WILL fail at something along the way to whatever you are doing. Sometimes it will be a HUGE failure, sometimes it will be a little failure. But you will fail. It’s inevitable. So don’t be afraid of it. The huge failures can hurt, they can hurt a lot. But if you look hard enough, you can find a lesson or a silver lining or an “up side” in every failure, every setback. I love a quote from Sean Carter (Jay-Z) where he says “I will not lose for even in defeat there’s a valuable lesson learned so it evens up for me.

I keep a list of things that frustrate me, places where I felt that I’ve failed or struggled in my business. Not to beat myself up. I don’t pop open a quart of Haagen-Daaz and sit and have a pity party with my list. But I do try to go back to each item at least once at some point, maybe that same day, maybe months down the road, to see if I can find that silver lining. To see if I can get something out of it. To see if I could have or should have done something differently. But mostly to try to figure out how I can avoid making that mistake again.

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