I've failed at almost everything I did over the past 7 years.
I've started more than 10 different websites. I've shut all of them down. I've written 7 books in the past 3 years. And none of them was a bestseller. I've published 533 blog posts. And none of them went viral.
And I learned something very important over the past 7 years...
It's ok to fail. Everyone fails. Every once in a while.
It's ok to be frustrated and disappointed in yourself.
It's ok to not always reach your goals or the milestones you've set for yourself when you were young.
Because life is mostly about failure.
And success happens only every once in a while.
Because not getting it right is part of the process of getting it right.
Look. Failure sucks. And it feels terrible. But sometimes we just can't avoid it. I know, it would be a lot better if we all succeeded at everything we do. But that's just not the reality for most of us. So we have to take it for what it is...
It's a process.
And that process leads from one thing to the next. Simply because no failure means that it's over. One failure doesn't mean that it's the end of the game. One lost match, one lost set doesn't mean you've lost the entire game.
Unless you decide that it's the end. Only if you decide to give up for good does it mean that it's the end.
But what failure really means is that you're just getting one step closer to getting it right. You're climbing up the ladder. One step at a time. And every step is part of the process. Of getting it right.
Sure. Some people get it right the very first time. And it would be a lot nicer if we would all get everything right at the very first time. But most of us just don't. And when I say us, what I really mean is me.
So here's the thing...
If I didn't start that company back in 2009 in China, then I would never have gotten my next job, which got me into early stage investing for a bit.
And if I hadn't done that job, I wouldn't have written my first book. And if I hadn't written my first book, I would never have given 30+ talks at all sorts of conferences and events. And if I hadn't written my first book I wouldn't have written 6 more books. And I wouldn't have written more than 500 blog posts.
And then you wouldn't be reading the stuff you're reading right now.
And it's not about giving up when it gets hard. It's not about quitting when it gets tough. And it never was. In fact it's about trying everything you can when it doesn't work out. It's about tripling your efforts when it doesn't work out.
And then, once you've done everything you can, it's about moving on. It's about moving on and using the skills, the tools and the techniques you've learned and applying them to the next piece of your puzzle. So that you'll constantly be improving your process, yourself and your game.
And then it'll only be only a matter of time until you get it right.
How long will it take?
I don't know. If you think it's going to take 1 year, it'll probably take 10 years. If you think it'll take 2 years, then it'll probably take 5 years. And so on...
Is it worth it?
I don't know.
Is the unexamined life worth living?
You tell me...
And then back to being an entrepreneur and public speaker. And now I do all of the above at the same time.
All while living out of a carry-on backpack with just three outfits in it. And at one point I've decided to I write a book about what I've learned.
And today you can get a free copy of it.
Click here to claim your copy now (it's free, for now)...