Last time, we delved into Mary Kay Ash’s words and learned the importance of having a goal. Today’s words of entrepreneurial wisdom come from Sara Blakely. Sara is the founder of Spanx Shapewear undergarments company. Born on February 21, 1971, she is recognized as the world’s youngest self-made billionaire and, on 2012, was part of the Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. Once she said the following:
“Failure is not the outcome. Failure is not trying.”
Sara was raised to see failure as a good thing. This perspective of hers made her always open to try new things as well as breaks down that fear barrier of going outside our comfort levels, a fear that daunts many aspiring entrepreneurs to the point of paralysis. Entrepreneurship deals with RISK a lot of times. You need to be able to get the courage and wisdom to take calculated risks. These risks may or may not pay off but, in case it doesn’t work out, do not see it as a failure. Rather, see it as an opportunity to try again or to adapt or to change direction all together. See it as a stepping stone and as a learning point and failure suddenly becomes a great teacher. It’s only those who have no willingness to even try… they are the ones who truly fail.
Dealing with failure and rising from it, as discussed in previous articles, is all about attitude. Failures are just learning points. Don’t make them anything more. Just remember: Never fail to try and your will never truly fail.
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