Lately I’ve seen so many feel-good quotes about how failure is just a stepping-stone to success and how we all have to be willing to fail faster and more often.
The few times I’ve REALLY failed, have been so soul-crushingly horrible that I’m still scarred. Each took me months to recover from let alone start to learn what went wrong and what I need to change so as to never repeat that same mistake. That said, a painful and in-depth analysis of what I did wrong in each of those circumstances was crucial to success the next time around.
Bill Gates said it best.
And there were definitely lessons to be learned
For me, and perhaps for others, the biggest failures came early in my career. That’s when youthful success combined with hubris led to overconfidence and a lack of preparedness. A volatile mix that leads to disaster.