How many times have you been sure that one of your ideas was going to be a fantastic success, only to have the whole thing blow up in your face? Maybe it was a new time saving measure that got you laughed out of your boss’s office or that science fair project that you helped your kid with that made them repeat the 4th grade.
What about a whole business venture?
When you’ve staked everything on the success of something as uncertain as the success of a new business, then failure turns from something that’s embarrassing into something life changing. Though failing can be a big deal, it’s important to remember that it’s not the end of the world, or even your career. Each failure can be a lesson and a tool for reaching even greater heights of success in the future. This week on the Accolo blog is all about success and failure, and how you really can’t have one without the other.
Just to show you that the failure of something as big as a business doesn’t mean failure as a professional, here’s an article from Inc Magazine on renowned entrepreneur and failure expert, Bill Bartmann. From the very beginning of his life, Bill was fighting against the odds. After coming from a poor family, battling alcoholism as a teenager and recovering from an injury that was supposed to leave him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Bill moved on to entrepreneurship.
From there, Bill’s life resembles a roller coaster. For each business venture that thrived, there was another that brought him back to the bottom and even bankruptcy court. When asked what his secret was for getting over failure, Bill said “We entrepreneurs tend to think we’re the smartest guys in the room. When a business fails, almost always it’s our fault. Once you take the blame, you’ve already solved half the problem. When you learn failure isn’t fatal, you become less afraid of it.”
So the next time you’re about to quit something before you fail, just remember that failure isn’t fatal and that you can