Why I Love Failure

“If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.” 
-Albert Einstein

It is well known that Albert Einstein was considered a failure from an early age. From not speaking until he was nearly four years olds to not speaking fluently until age 12.

At one point, his teachers were adamant that he wouldn’t amount to much.

However, Einstein didn’t prove them wrong overnight. Yes, it was a long journey that took dedication, perseverance and a willingness to fail — repeatedly. In fact, those failures were what made it possible for him to achieve what he did and become the genius he’s known as today.

Why? Because he learned from all of them.

Every year, far more new entrepreneurs fail than succeed. Today’s CEOs and thought leaders glorify mistakes as key stepping stones to success.

Virtually every big-name tech executive, from Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg to Jeff Bezos, has publicly touted the value of their biggest misses.

A culture that’s open about failure, they claim, can offer those who are struggling the confidence to pick themselves up and keep going.

Positive or not, one thing is certain: Failure is much more accepted today than it was when Silent and Boomers were coming of age.

In fact, G.I. leaders drilled into these rising generations the opposite lesson: Follow the rules, avoid taking risks, and don’t fail.

To begin making real progress, you need to learn where you’re most comfortable, most skilled and most proficient.

As the legendary entrepreneur and millionaire angel investor Gary Vaynerchuk says,

“You need to go all-in and bet on your strengths and don’t give a f**k about your weaknesses.”

Then move on and find a place where you feel most uncomfortable, most uncertain and the most unsure of yourself.

Give it a shot, start failing.


Since I will never punish my audience with advertisements, this is the part of the article where I plug my own startup.

If you’re my friend, keep reading. If you’re not my friend, I wouldn’t expect you to read this anyways. (:

Growpo

Growpo enables legitimate imports and exports to move faster across international borders.

Growpo automates most of the present day manual processing of trade and eliminates the reliance on a customs broker and paper forms for the submission of trade data.

Growpo’s technology can be implemented by developed and developing countries to streamline the import/export process and optimize the supply chain without a significant commitment of additional government human and financial resources.

If you haven’t seen any of the links that I’ve stashed in this article, you can learn more about Growpo, here. Thanks for reading (:

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