Looking back at my life, though, I believe my success has come because of my failures – not despite them. I’ve got a pretty colorful history and made many bad decisions, but it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I stopped concentrating and trying to improve what I was bad at and started to figure out what I was great at. I began surrounding myself with folks who judged me for and helped me fine-tune my skills rather than criticize my weaknesses.
Douglas Karr, The Marketing Technology Blog, Sharing My Failures (and Successes?)
We regularly talk about success and failure because they are both realities of entrepreneurship. Thanks to Phil Gerbyshak for finding and sharing this example. If you find great quotes or stories of failure, we’d love to hear them.
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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison
He’s said volumes about success.
Becky McCray says
Thanks, farmnwife. Edison was a master of failure and success.
Douglas Karr says
Thanks so much for posting this! I really am one of those guys that no one would have bet on after high school. :)
Becky McCray says
Thanks for coming by, Douglas. And thanks for sharing your failures openly. It makes a difference.