I like to be up-front with my colleagues that 9 out of 10 ideas I come up with are bad ones.
However, sometimes it seems like I’m trying to get through the first nine as fast as possible. While many people (not my fellow 8pm Warriors) might give up after one or two failures, I’ve got plans for something special. I’m holding out for magic #10 every time, no matter how painful it gets.
That’s means a lot of failure.
I didn’t always think of myself as a 90% failure, but after looking at my past it’s quite clear. With all the running, pushing, and leaping I’ve done over the years, there’s been a LOT of gut-wrenching, aching, painful failures to get to #10.
You probably know the feeling I’m talking about…
However, as the oldest son of a Lutheran minister with eight kids, I had no other choice if I wanted to be successful in business leadership without waiting forever. No one was going to do it for me.
I had to pay for college, take loans for almost everything I needed to start out, and never had any seed money or venture capital from family (they were all poor or thought I was crazy).
On top of that, we were lacking strong business mentors in my family. I was the product of 2 generations of pastors and 4 generations of farmers. Nothing wrong with those professions, it’s just that I had another calling, another passion. However, it meant less support and fewer cheerleaders along the way.
I’ll bet I’m not alone.
These days, many of us are having a hard time with failure. Take heart. If you want to be different, blaze trails, make magic, then you’re bound to fail at some point. Sooner or later we all fail along the path to great things. The key is not quitting.
Ignore the naysayers. Ignore the “I told you so” folks.
It’s easy for the spectators in life to watch us fall down on the road of life. It’s easy for them to privately laugh, snicker, and feel good about themselves from the comfort of their simple life. They will call us failures, “Pie in the Sky” dreamers, and tell us to get our heads out of the clouds.
I don’t care.
We will reach the end. We will get to #10. It just might hurt a bit and we must accept the fact that we might be 90% failures.
This blog is about that journey, about those who walk the same path towards their destiny.
Have a great night,