Not Afraid to Fail

The real world doesn’t have very many rules. There’s a lot of stuff you have to figure out all on your own and you have to love (or learn to love) jumping… and falling.

Glenn Cole of 72 and Sunny gave the commencement address this year for the School of Journalism and Communication and this idea was his main point. Not being afraid of failure will allow you to stretch yourself far beyond you ever thought was possible.

It’s not comfortable. In fact sometimes it downright sucks. Because you will fail and sometimes you’ll fail spectacularly. But overcoming that failure is really the only way to know, and appreciate, success.

Learn to learn from failure because everything will not go smoothly.

  • Chill out! You can’t learn without making mistakes. And making mistakes doesn’t mean you’re not smart, talented, creative, etc. In fact, quite the opposite.
  • Build a good relationship with your manager, your client, etc. Being allowed to fail, and learning from it, takes a team and takes support.
  • Be honest about your failure. Conduct a post-mortem of the project or situation and figure out what went right and what went wrong.

Being an entrepreneur has been meant that I’ve learned many, many lessons through trial by fire.¬†What tips would you give? What lessons have you learned? Leave your comments.

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  • kmatthews

    New from PRos: New from PRos Not Afraid to Fail

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  • kmatthews

    @72andSunny Inspired to blog based on Glenn’s @UOsojc commencement address.

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  • Reporting1Suzi

    #J361 OOOH. Useful for us! RT @kmatthews: Failure is scary, but if you’re not failing, you’re not trying new things.

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  • Yana

    I really enjoyed this post. I think because people always tell you it’s okay to fail, but in all actuality it seems like people just say it to you because you’re the only one failing. I see my friends lucking out in getting jobs and I seem to be stuck in world on pause as time passes by, but I don’t know how many times they’ve failed before it got better. I use it’s better to embrace failure, learn from it, fix it and succeed.