I’ll just get this over with. The way to never fail is to never do anything. At all.
The person who never fails to make a sale on a car has never tried. The person who never fails to plumb a toilet or build a computer or grow a business or raise a human being has never actually done it before.
Failure is the sign that someone is actually trying something.
People who are doing nothing never fail. But if you want to do something with your life that matters, something that lives beyond your few, short years here, you will have to except that failure is part of it.
You will guess wrong, you will offend people, you will lose money. You will say the wrong thing at a party. You will pick the wrong outfit for a date. You will blow the presentation by forgetting your script.
At least you are doing something. You are trying. That’s better than the critics on the couch, who have nothing of value to contribute.
Failure says absolutely nothing about you except that you were out there doing our job, and for whatever reason, it didn’t go so hot that day. The fish weren’t biting, the people weren’t buying.
Maybe your sales approach sucks or maybe you have bad people skills. Maybe that’s part of the reason you failed. You might be part of the problem. But you will never know that if you’re not trying. And you will never improve without failure.
So remember this: failing = trying. The more you try, the more you will fail. But the more you will succeed too. Eventually.
Cause you know who never succeeds? People who never try.
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