That dirty little word that everyone hates is going to come up a lot in this post. Failure! That is right, the word that so many are afraid to think about because of what can happen. How do you handle failure? Do you dislike the thought of it or do you embrace it? For those that don’t know me very well, I am the type of person that likes to give it to you straight. Look at my post last week about how credit cards are not evil. Some may not like how I deliver my message, but it seems to resonate with others. I am OK with that. I have always enjoyed people that don’t beat around the bush. I am a no BS kind of man. I am about to lay down some more truth today!
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing fun about failing at something. No matter what you are trying to accomplish, failure doesn’t feel great. I have never met anyone that goes out and strives to fail. That type of mentality wouldn’t get you far. There are really two types of people when it comes to failure. Those that embrace it and learn from their failures and those who are so afraid to fail that they never try to succeed. I am one that embraces failure. I don’t like failing, but I understand that I will many times in my life. The key take away is to move on from it. Failure sucks, but you don’t get to succeed unless you try!
Let Failure Motivate You
I can’t even count all of the ways that I have tried to make money over the years. I have been a part of a few get rich quick schemes. Those failed miserably. I have tried to sell wholesale items on eBay. I have tried many different businesses as a kid. My mind is always about being an entrepreneur. While not full time, I get my kicks out of earning side income. I thrive on it, but I sure have failed numerous times in the past.
What makes me different than some is I continue to strive to succeed. If one failed venture gets me down, I learn from my mistakes and I try again. I created and ran 15 other blogs before I did it right with Debt Roundup. I ran two other consulting companies before I got it right with my current one. I have failed. I will continue to fail. I will continue to get up, dust myself off, and get back on the damn horse.
I am fully motivated by my previous failures. I have had quite a few, but I never let them get me down. Yes, I might step back for a bit and let the realization that I failed sink in, but I never just stop striving for more. When you quit because you can’t handle failure, then you will never be the type of person that succeeds in making more money. You need to be a go-getter. You need to be a hustler, baby! Making money is all about willingness to try new things. People make money by being different. They make money by providing something other people are willing to pay for. They also work hard to stand out from the crowd. That is how you make more money.
Let Failure Guide You
Before I start running through this one, let me stop and give you a definition of insanity by our good friend Einstein.
doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
There are some that continue to fail at the same thing, but try it again hoping for a different result. That is insane. You need to let your failures guide you. Let them help you tweak your system. If you don’t take the time to learn from your previous failures, then you will never find the path toward success. Success is only achieved by constantly learning how to better yourself and your process. If you just follow the same path, then you will end up knocking on failure’s door each and every time. Making extra money is not easy, nor is it quick. It takes time and energy to achieve. It takes the drive to make whatever venture successful. It also takes guts to get over the failures and keep on going. If you aren’t learning from failure, then you aren’t doing it right! Failure should be embraced, but never accepted.
What do you think of failure? Do you think it is necessary to fail before you can truly understand how to succeed?
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