Obviously, the first article I ever wrote on here was probably my most vulnerable moment. This post, however, will rank right up there with exposing a venerable moment.
The success of someone can only be measured by failures they have overcome.
I am not sure who first said that, but it is very true. If someone doesn’t fail, they will never succeed.
I am sure you have seen it happen. A kid does exceptionally well in high school then goes to college and can’t function at the adult level. Why would such a promising young person grow up to be such a miserable adult?
Because they failed. Not at life… but at an event. They didn’t know exactly how to cope with failure. Everyone of us was born naked, and helpless. We learned to clothe ourselves and later learned to completely survive on our own.
Why are some people more successful than others then? Not because the deck was stacked, or because they got lucky. They learned to fail.
One failure does not make you or break you. However, one failure can set you up for future successes.
At one point in everyone’s lives, Everyone. Will. Fail.
My Biggest Failure:
When you saw the featured image it was probably of a product you have never heard of, and there is a good reason for that. In fact you can read a press release about the product right here.
For those of you that didn’t read the post mentioned above, and for those of you yet to make the connection.
I am Andrew Tolbert, the creator of Athletic Sleep Aid, and the founder of Exact Science LLC.
Long story short, I read Tim Ferris’ popular book “The Four Hour Work Week.” I skipped the most important parts of the book. (I thought they weren’t important) Within a few weeks, I had withdrawn a crap load of money from the stock market. (Money I shouldn’t have withdrawn, because turns out I am a good investor) Put it all into my company, and a few other bad decisions. (This book explains how I obtained the money in the first place)
Next thing I know I am broke, and in tons of debt. I also had a warehouse full of product, that wasn’t shipping at all. When I say at all, I mean at all. It was bad news how little of this I sold. I had the best website, premium credit card processing, and tons of debt. For no good reason.
How did I handle failure:
Poorly to say the least. So now that all my eggs were in this basket, and I had my back against the wall. I did what every responsible American would do. I quit my job because my escape was gone. Not only did I do that. I left the country. I came back, and then it all hit.
I literally had nothing. Except for my wife. Luckily I had that when I hit rock bottom. Finally, after a few years of beating myself up, I discovered Tony Robbins.
Seriously, I know it sounds cliche but I started one of his programs, and it was amazing. I set goals for the first time and was doing better. I got a better job, and things have been uphill ever since. I also discovered several other people like Tony Robbins. Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, and many others.
One thing I learned from Zig is that failure is not a person, but an event.
Failure is merely a rung in a ladder to the top.
However, the difference in becoming a long-term failure rather than experiencing a single failure is simple. How you move forward.
I suppose now would be an appropriate time to reference diamonds and coal, but I am not one for clichés (get it? diamonds are coal under pressure).
The point is that you shouldn’t fear failure. When failure does happen you should embrace it, and learn from it.
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