Failure and “being wrong” are so overrated. Their bark is often much worse than their bite, and it’s sad how much of life we never experience because we are too afraid to get close to them.
Sometimes when I’m wrong about something, I jokingly tell my girlfriend, “Well, I guess one mistake in 29 years isn’t that bad”.
Truth is, I’m wrong a lot and I’m totally fine with that. I’m also fine with failing a lot.
As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve had the unique privilege of being “in over my head” for the past 6 years straight.
Nearly every new venture I’ve announced has been met by at least one person telling me it wasn’t going to work…and you know what? Sometimes they were right.
But here’s what I’ve learned:
Failure isn’t some scary monster waiting for a chance to savagely attack us the moment we show a sign of imperfection.
It’s Thomas Edison’s 10,000 unsuccessful attempts to invent the lightbulb. It’s Michael Jordan’s 9,000+ missed shots in his career. It’s Henry Ford’s first two automobile businesses that collapsed.
In other words, it’s just a normal part of the process.
You try one way, it doesn’t work. You try another, it doesn’t work. Eventually, you discover something that works, and you keep doing it.
This isn’t a novel idea. After all, it’s how you learned to WALK.
The only way to protect ourselves from failure and avoid being wrong is to never try anything big; to never learn anything new and exciting; to stay safely tucked in our comfortable, boring corners where little can go wrong.
And who wants to tell a story about that life?
When we allow ourselves to fail and openly admit our mistakes when we do, it FREES US to live a much more authentic life…and it gives others the courage to do the same.