Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. ~Napolean Hill
Life Lessons Learned from a Year in Business, Part Four
Rejoice in Failure.
Since opening business I have a new outlook on the word failure. Failing really does mean that I am trying. I’ve found that if I don’t work on something very hard, it doesn’t really register as a failure or a success. It just is. When I work hard, I feel the failures and successes.
I decided a while ago that because of this, I would celebrate my failures. Really I was celebrating how hard I worked on something, no matter the outcome. For example, I had my first local show for my Handcrafted Jewelry business in September 2011. My dad and I spent weeks building beautiful displays for my jewelry (table saw emergency room incident and all…yikes). I made a ridiculous amount of inventory. I invested in a tablet and accessories that allowed me to easily accept credit cards and email receipts. I posted flyers, told everyone I know, tweeted, facebooked and fried my brain in social media oil. I already keep my inventory very organized, but there was so much extra work to prepare for the show. I had a practice table setup in my apartment for at least a week before the show to make sure that everything was just right… and…
The show was a flop. I didn’t even recover my booth fee. I cried and cried and cried. Then my husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate my failure. It still hurt, of course, but I have moved on, gained wisdom and am continuing to work hard. That is what matters. Many failures have been interspersed with my success stories over this year in business and I hope for many more of both along my journey.
Do you celebrate your failures? What failures have changed your life in a good way? Share them in a comment below.
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