You know what I say to people who call themselves “failures”? You wish! To fail is to have tried… to have given it your all and come-up empty handed.
Most people aren’t failures, instead most folks give up too early or never even try. These folks are the “should haves”. They should have done this – They should have done that – These people “should” all over themselves.
People who talk and talk…and talk about starting a business, but never do so much as to conduct a basic Google search on their ideas are not failures. Those who go to every seminar, read every book (albeit, there is one REALLY good one) , and sign up for every coaching system under the sun but still haven’t committed to a business idea are not failures either. They are simply more “should haves.”
And the people who claim to have a business, but really just have a few business cards and a nonfunctioning website are not failures either. They’re all talk and no action, just dreamers who never get off their butts. How can you be a failure if you haven’t tried or are just half-assing it?
Alongside every person who spends all their time wishing and hoping, you are bound to find another person who actually starts a business but gives up way too soon. They choke; they let competition and cash flow challenges spook them right out of achieving their dream. For whatever reason, many would-be entrepreneurs jump ship at the first sign of trouble.
Some people have preconceived notions about entrepreneurialism that are a load of crap. Most believe starting their own business will free them from the grind of work and help them get rich in seconds flat. So it’s no surprise those people throw in the towel early on when they realize nothing could be farther from the truth. But they’re not failures. Not even close. They’re quitters.
Failure happens. Sometimes you miss the mark, and sometimes circumstances are beyond your control. Remember, the best baseball players have a batting average of around .300, which means they fail more than half of the time. What they don’t do is sit on the bench and think about playing baseball, or give up on the first strike. They keep swinging the bat.
You think you are a failure? You’re not. You’ve got to earn that title, man.