Every successful entrepreneur will tell you the reason for his or her success is one thing. They created pure crap. Whaaat??? Let me explain.
If you haven’t created something you are embarrassed about yet, then you haven’t started the journey to becoming a great entrepreneur. Nicole and I had our share of failures that make us cringe, yet these epic fails were necessary for us to make and progress as business builders. More about these failures later.
Having success in business requires learning and much of that learning is by doing.
You have to try things out and feel your way around business. In the process, you will make mistakes; you’ll create less than spectacular things. Things you hope no one ever finds. But guess what? That’s a good thing. It may not feel good but it’s the merit and milestones of a great entrepreneur.
One of the major take-a-ways of Robert Kiyosaki’s book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, is what he calls “fail fast.” It’s the concept of getting all your screw-ups out of the way. You will screw up and create less than exemplary work, so just get them done with. As the famous photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, once said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
Babies don’t just think about walking for a year and then just suddenly get up a walk like they’re Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain (Google it those under 25). They start trying and keep trying. They fall on their face a few hundred times before they actually can take a few stable steps. The point is they don’t take ‘No’ for an answer. They keep trying and make mistakes until they get it right.
When things go less than perfect, don’t see it as a sign that you’re not cut out for this- just the opposite. It’s a sign you are on the very path all successful entrepreneurs tread.
I promised you that I would share one of our valiant efforts, turned pure dodo. Some time ago, Nicole and I started a short-lived YouTube series called BRTV. Those 4 letters make us cringe and make us want to hide under the nearest rock in embarrassment. It was a disastrous project. It went nowhere and it’s no surprise. My delivery makes me want to vomit: who is that guy? Nicole hates looking at the video and audio quality of this production. It’s cheesy, idiotic and just plain horrible. The only upside of the video is that it shows us how far we have come.
As much as this pains us, we share this video with you to show that this is just a part of the experience. You have to have a handful of cringe-worthy projects that teach you who you are as an entrepreneur and how to become a successful one. Go ahead, I know you are dying to press play.
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