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.