Today, we celebrate the launch of Decoding Startups, a blog designed to take you from excuses to launch…
…to not only convince you that the excuses you’ve made that hold you back from embracing entrepreneurship are silly, counterprouctive and wrong…
…but more importantly, to teach you systems and skillsets that make you a master entrepreneur.
Systems and skillsets that take away a significant amount of the risk associated with starting a venture; that drastically increase the likelihood of your success.
We celebrate today’s launch…by talking about my failures.
Why talk about my failures?
Failure taught me everything that I teach you today.
Do you ever notice how most bloggers who write about entrepreneurship, personal finance and careers try so hard to come across “perfect”? Like they’re so smart and wonderful that they had all of this stuff figured out when they started, and their life has been nothing but an impossible-sounding stream of success?
The reason I hate blogs like that is it makes success seem unattainable…as if only the most intelligent, most herculean of us all could accomplish wonderful things in our lives. Because these authors don’t talk about their own shortcomings and the failure-laden path that led to their ultimate success, they miss a huge opportunity to teach others; and more importantly, they miss the chance to teach others that success is attainable.
All of the entrepreneurship progress I’ve made today came from months of screwing up, and years of being too afraid to even try.
Don’t think I’m anything wonderful, because I’m not; the only difference between me and most people is that I’ve actually taken the time to try, and to learn.
That’s the only difference. I’m not smarter than you. I definitely haven’t come up with better business ideas than you. And I’m sure as hell not richer than you are.
None of those things matter. What did matter was the one thing I did differently:
There’s no substitute to learning through trying and failing…
Even if you read every article on my blog, you’d be nowhere near closer to success in entrepreneurship if you don’t actually try to do it.
Why do you think I’m so adamant about crushing the excuses that hold us back? Because the best way to learn about starting a business…is to try and start a business.
This doesn’t come through luck.
How I failed before, what I learned, and what you can learn too:
This week, I’ll release 2 articles talking about ambitious undertakings that I blew (or seriously slowed down), and the lessons I learned. I hope that talking intimately about my shortcomings will prove to you–once and for all–that success comes from persistence…not luck, not having lots of money, and certainly not from having an Ivy League diploma hanging on the wall:
- How I failed 54 times before learning this one simple lesson
- How disorganization cost me months of time despite having a good idea and great progress
Have you tried–and failed–at entrepreneurship? In the comments below, let us know what happened, and what you learned.
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