BIZ Nuggets #14: FAIL FORWARD
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” - BILL GATES
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - THOMAS EDISON
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - WINSTON CHURCHILL
Failure is the entrepreneur’s secret weapon.
It’s also the musician’s secret weapon, so you’re already ahead of most.
There's not much that’s worse than feeling like you've poured your heart and soul into something, only to watch it crash down around you leaving you with only broken pieces of your once brilliant idea.
Hello, massive recital where my instrument fell apart mid-way through...
If you're worried that by failing you're not cut out for this entrepreneur thing - It’s not true!
If you've ever taught a young student how to play a musical instrument, you already know what I'm talking about when I say that failing = progress.
How do students get better at their craft? They practice.
And at its core, what is practice?
it's failing over and over again at something until you no longer fail any more!
We all worry about this idea of failing, when really what we should be thinking about is learning.
No matter what your craft, or purpose or venture is, if you've never done something before, you're learning how to do it!
And you're going to be learning... until you aren't.
When you fail, try to keep moving forward. Learn from it and try again.
After you fail forward enough times, you will arrive at your destination.
It might not be elegant or graceful, you might arrive with bruises and cuts, and be bleeding from your knees, elbows and forehead, but you will get there.