There are certainly no “undefeated” records in business. Whether it’s being rejected by an established business, messing up prototypes, dropping out of school, getting fired from a job, or going bankrupt, everybody stumbles.
In fact, not failing is a sign that you aren’t doing anything of consequence.
I have failed, you have failed, and it’s good.
Elon Musk’s failures
- Lost millions due to SpaceX rocket explosions
- Rejected for a job at Netscape in 1995
- Fired from Zip2, a company he founded
- Crashed an uninsured $1 million McLaren F1
- PayPal, a company he founded, was once voted one of the 10 worst business ideas ever
- Fired from PayPal
Musk finds ways to come back from failure. You can too.
Ways to convert failure into successes
- Use the failure as a memo pad. You have just learned something you aren’t good at. While that is painful, you also gained valuable clues about something that you ARE good at.
- The failure will help you clarify your WHY. No doubt, you ask yourself after failure exactly why you are doing what you are doing. If there is any benefit to laying awake at night pondering your problems, it is that answers eventually emerge. Maybe there is something wrong with your approach. This may be indicative that you are doing things for the wrong reasons, and knowing the wrong reasons will lead you to the right ones.
- Take a break, then regroup. Rest when you are tired, but don’t quit. Analyze what happened, accept the mistakes made, make a plan, and get back to work.
Ask the right questions
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