“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
— Samuel Beckett
A few years ago, I interviewed The Wolf of Wall St, Jordan Belfort. Love him or hate him, there are lessons to be learned by a figure like Belfort, a person who has felt the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
When he was 23, Belfort went bankrupt running a business selling lobsters. That event was undeniable.
However, Belfort had control of his reaction to the event. He could have either saw it as a sign that he didn’t have any entrepreneurial or sales skills or he could have seen it as a learning lesson to bring into his next business.
He saw it as the latter and onward he went.
His goal wasn’t to succeed wildly, it was to fail quickly – he knew the odds were against him and it would take a lot of at-bats before he’d hit a home run.
If you’re stumbling – or flat out failing – it’s up to you to interpret the invent.
Should you give up?
Or are you ready to dust off and use it as a learning lesson?