fail your way to the top

SNM020: Turn Failure Into Success

Even Presidents Turn Failure into Success

One of the most famous presidents of all time failed over and over again.  He never gave up and now his name is on airports and hospitals.  You can turn failure into success even at the highest office in the land.  Nothing makes the world forget a failure like a big win.

My First Book on Amazon Was a Failure

My first book on decluttering was a total stinker and I had no idea why.  My first coach let me down and didn't help me launch it properly.  Rather than give up, I got back up again and 30 bestsellers later, nobody remembers that first stumble.

The Two Types Of Failure

Systemic and random failure are not the same thing.  Knowing the difference is the first step on the path to overcoming adversity. The only mistake is thinking that random errors are systemic; they are not.  Do not blame the universe or give up your power when the going gets tough.  Don't look for excuses to quit; look for ways to overcome.

The Ability to Execute is Valuable

I can't cure lack of execution, but lack of knowledge is easy.  Listen to the podcast, read the blog posts and you will have the tools you need to succeed.  I run contests with many short-term goals and prizes to help motivate you into action, but at the end of the day, you control your level of execution.  Find that drive within yourself.

Quitting Creates Opportunity

The people around you quitting means that you have no more competition. There is nothing like looking around and realizing that you are the last one standing.  This is just as good as being the first one into a new market.  Often people quit far too soon over obstacles that are easily overcome.  This is where you can steal their business and customer base just by being fearless.

Experiencing Failure Kills Fear

People who have never been punched fear the pain far more than people who have experienced it.  Once you know how much something hurts it become a known quantity.  The unknown is much scarier.  I know that getting thrown down a flight of stairs by a marine hurts, but I also know for a fact that I can survive it.  Once you experience failure, the fear turns into nothingness and you rise up stronger.

A Bad Partner Ripped Me Off For Over One Hundred Grand

There is nothing quite like having someone steal your ideas and hard work; expect when he spends the next several years badmouthing you all over the Internet.  I could let that failure define me, but honestly I don't even think about it. I only remembered when outlining this episode.

Do not let a single failure define you.  That's ridiculous.

Do you define yourself by a failed relationship from high school?

Failures do not Create Legacy

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

– Michael Jordan

Key Points:

  1. It's not a failure until you give up
  2. When others fall down, that is your opportunity
  3. Michael Jordan missed over 9000 shots, but nobody remembers

Resources Mentioned:

Write Fast Episode


My First Book on Amazon

Jim Turns Failure Into Success Episode

Serve No Master on Amazon

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