Failure is part of growth. That’s a fact, yo. So get comfortable with that concept, brush your shoulders off and keep on reading, kid.
Success for the greats (think: Steve Jobs, Oprah, that guy who was the world’s hot dog eating champion for like a decade) had a road that was peppered with lots of failure. And failure plays a huge role in the world of small business ownership. At Braizen, we’ve had our share of things that just did not work out. We’re familiar with having to dust ourselves off, wring ourselves out, scrub in areas we didn’t think we could reach, and sit our asses right back down in our chairs and keep trying. And guess what? We’ve survived! What’s more, we’re thriving because of it.
Whenever things get hard and we feel like we are missing the mark more than we’re hitting it, we try to remember that for every one failure, we gain three redeeming qualities: Patience, Resilience, and Success.
Let us break it down for you.
With failure comes patience. Those days when it feels like the world just punched you in the throat are the days that patience seems like a stranger. You lose your shit, or simply say f*ck patience and give up totally. We have three words for you: Don’t Do It. Take a deep breath, go back to the beginning, and try again (and again and again if that’s what it takes). Take lessons from your mistakes, reroute the energy to figuring out your misstep, and go at it from a different direction. This mindset will lend itself to increasing your patience quota.
With failure comes resilience. Resilience is something that can really set you apart in life — we’re talking work life AND your personal life. This is a hard-earned, hard-learned life skill (real talk). The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties is a MUST when you are a business owner. Learning to cope with those shit days that bring the rejection and failure slowly builds your resilience. When you fail, make a game out of it. See how many times you can prove your own resilience to yourself. Tally that shit up and watch the growth happen!
With failure comes success. Ahh. The sweet, sweet smell of success. You’ve had your cake, and now is the time to eat it. You’ve had some failures navigating the choppy waters of the business ocean, but you’ve bounced back with patience and resilience. The laws of physics tell us there really is nothing left to do now except succeed. It may take you longer than Joe Blow, but it’s going to happen. When you reach this mile marker in your business, just don’t lose sight of your goal, and especially don’t expect perfection. We Repeat: DO NOT EXPECT PERFECTION. If you do, you’ll be setting yourself up for a lifetime of disappointment because you will never be satisfied. Give up that game, embrace your humanness, and don’t be afraid to #fail. We will love you more for it. And we promise that your business will be better off for it, too.
Remember, success doesn’t mean the end of your failure. Success just means you’ve figured out more of this shit than most people and have properly prepared yourself for more future success. Like our girl Aaliyah (RIP) said, “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again”.
Failure is the key to bringing your passion to life and growth to your biz.
That’s why we hope you take our advice above with you into the world and get to failing! You know what we mean…..
Have examples of times you’re glad you failed in your business? Share them in the comments below!