This week on Unicorn Thoughts, I want to talk about failure again. Last week we talked about failing fast, so you can reassess your situation and apply it to the next time. This week I want to get a little more in depth about failure, and tell you about some of mine.
I have had about 5 actual businesses or business ideas that I started to move forward with. My very first business idea I sat down with potential investors. I had a website and everything, but I realized that the legalities of what I wanted to do would make it really really tough for me.
My second business idea actually became a real company. My first business partner actually became my first client, so that got a little weird. Ten months out, shit went down. I flailed and I flopped all over. My original plan was a complete disaster, failure if you will, but I scrambled, and I’m scrappy. I actually repurposed it, and my second shot was pretty successful.
My third business was a magazine. We had a lot of great successes overall, but it can be looked at as a complete failure. We had to dissolve the company, and we all walked away to do separate things. But it could also be looked at as a total success, because we did so much for people. I definitely mourned that business more than any of the others.
For my fourth business idea spent a bunch of money building a website. I thought it was a great idea, and then I didn’t want to do it anymore. It was kind of like a self-failure, because it wasn’t where I wanted to be.
Rebellia is my latest business. I wanted to walk you through everything else I’ve done, because no matter what happened, I learned so much about myself. If I don’t know how to do something, I can figure it out.
I feel like everything I’ve been through in business, complete disasters and losing money, has brought me right here to Rebellia. We’re on an upward trajectory. I’m super happy. I’m never like, “Ugh I have to go to work!” I have an HQ now, so I actually have to go to work, and it’s awesome and exciting! I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t done all of those other things.
I don’t want you to take failure to heart. Yes, fail fast. Know and understand that it’s a part of your journey. Yes, it may suck and break your heart, but if you apply the lessons that you learn via failure, you’re going to do awesome things.
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