I’ve failed at starting my own business probably 50 times by now.
I get excited, I run toward my future and then I smash my face against a glass wall.
I’ve got my limits and they are plentiful.
I’m not type-A. I’m type B or C. Is there a type-D? I get stuck in think-about-it holes and massive self doubt.
And for some crazy, perhaps even misguided reason, I keep getting back up and trying again.
It’s easy to talk yourself out of dreams and things that will make your life better because you’re “not good enough” or not as good enough as that other person.
And none of those excuses matter.
One of the things I have the MOST pride in myself about is my insane need to keep trying after failing.
Just looking at simple things in my life – email management – I started getting into “Inbox Zero” at work a few years ago. That’s where keep your inbox completely empty.
When I first cleared it out, it was a HUGE relief. I was so proud and so energized by only seeing the things that mattered.
And then a few days later I had a few hundred unread emails.
A few months later I hit 3k.
I can blame the digital age and the amount of emails I receive. I can convince myself that Inbox Zero is a stupid idea and impossible.
And I do all of that.
But that doesn’t make it true. It doesn’t make it an unworthy pursuit.
If it makes your life better, chase it. If it makes you feel better, try it again and again until it’s a permanent fixture in your life!
Don’t give up. Don’t let yourself think anything is impossible just because you failed once or twice or even fifty times.
Practice makes perfect. And failure is the ultimate sign that you’re practicing.