The Best Convos about #FAIL ...
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I already see a recurring theme in many of the best Convos: FAILURE.
The best entrepreneurs learn how to fail in a way that makes them, their products, and their companies stronger.
That's a skill, and it takes time to learn, because our nurtured tendencies are to steer away from things that have the possibility of failure.
Here are my favorite #FAIL Convos so far...
And my personal favorite, How do I fail better?
"Most people are so worried about looking good that they never do anything great. Most people are so worried about doing something great that they never do anything at all." - Derek Sivers of CDBaby
It is something that startups have over the entrenched players. Even assuming they had motivation to, it is very hard for a Fortune 500 to make a large risky bet on a disruptive action. The cost of a division failing ripples through the whole organization. Layoffs, share prices, customers losing confidence in other products are all painful.
A startup can bet the farm on something risky, because even a complete failure just puts you back where you were a year ago but older and wiser.
Or to put it another way, startups have nothing, and hence have nothing to lose.
Your version is definitely shorter and catchier.
To be a winner, one must view obstacles as opportunities for growth. One must have a high level of intrinsic motivation, and constantly take steps towards their goals. One must be patient, as success does not happen over night. And last--but not least--one must have a sense of humor and know how to laugh when things don't go as planned. Therefore, the core characteristics of a winner are optimism, drive, patience, and humor.
Keep your eye on the ball,
Your head above the clouds,
Your ear to the ground,
Your shoulder to the wheel,
Your nose to the grindstone,
Your finger on the pulse,
Your feet on the ground, and
Your head on your shoulders.
Now... try to get something done.