“Oh, you’ve never failed in your life”
A former boss of mine once made this comment to me and it made me think about how often we believe this about successful people. I don’t consider myself that successful. I could be better, I could be worse. Pretty much the same as everyone else, right?
I realized that this perception of those we view as successful permeates most people I know. We look at those who have made it to where we want to be and we validate their success as a lack of failure.
Our most successful people disprove this belief at every turn but we somehow always ignore this fact.
I want to make anyone who reads this comfortable with failure. I want failure to be something you experience fairly frequently. I want you to see that failures are not the universe telling you you’re making a mistake. We all fail, it’s what we do after that failure that separates the successful from those who never break through.
This blog is about personal finance and entrepreneurship; two areas absolutely littered with failure before success. Everyone has failures along their personal finance journey and every entrepreneur has failures with their business ideas. To truly continue being successful at these endeavors we must face this fact.
To that end I want to lay out some of my failures for the month of February and invite everyone to share some of theirs as well!
- This post! I had planned to post this on February 28th but failed hard at that goal.
- I failed to negotiate my first sponsored post! The marketer didn’t want me to let my readers know that I was being compensated for that post. I am not comfortable passing off someone else’s work as if I organically thought to share or post it. I will never have anything on this site that I outright agree with even if paid. However, if I believe it adds value to the readers I will share it and let you know I was paid to do so.
- I failed to resist the call of new running shoes. The Nike Epic React, was a brand new running sneaker with a new cushioning system and I am forcing myself to start running again. I already have a thing for sneakers so this was a perfect storm. Hopefully the guilt will make me continue to use them!
- I failed to clear out the warehouse space I am leasing for my Amazon business. This space is costing me a pretty penny and any profits I will make off of the merchandise contained there will start off with a large deficit.
- I failed to contribute to my Roth IRA. This is already on track to recover for March but time lost is time lost.
- I failed to study for my PMP certification daily! Here’s hoping I can cram before they change the test!
That’s all for this edition of my failures but don’t worry I will fail harder and larger as the months go on!
Please feel free to share your failures under this post or send them directly to me for free motivation! No brow beating required.