Grade school teaches us that failing is a bad thing. Being an entrepreneur teaches you the exact opposite. Over a year ago, I left the comfort of a full time job for the uncertainty of entrepreneurship. Fortunately I had the luxury of going to part time at my work and shifted my concentration on my fitness business.
I have no formal business schooling and have learned much of what I know through seminars, books and the TED website. Of course there has been plenty of trial and error. One thing I have learned, and have had to accept as fact is there will be failures. These failures come in all sorts of ways. Relationships, finance, product development, marketing and social media are just a few things I have failed with.
However, I am not a failure. Failure is an event, not a person.
One of the hardest things I had to learn is that failure is a good thing, in fact, it’s a necessity in entrepreneurship. The key is to fail forward. Learn from your mistakes and become better. Every failure leads you closer to success. Believe me, there will be many instances where you want to give up. When things look darkest, that is when you have to reach deep into your soul and push forward.
Legacy is one of the greatest things that motivates me. What am I leaving behind for my children. My parents were hard working blue collar people. Now, in their 70’s they have very little to show for all the years of hard work. It is my strong conviction that if I am going to work my fingers to the bone, it will be for my benefit, and the benefit of others, not the benefit of my boss.
So, if your are an entrepreneur, and find that failing is a hard pill to swallow, you are not alone. Remember, failure is a good thing, keep failing, just make sure its forward.