Richard Branson suffered from dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. But now, as the founder of Virgin Group, he is the only person in the world to have built eight billion-dollar companies from scratch in eight different sectors.
One of my mentors did not know how to use the printing machine during his first job. But now he is the CFO of a well recognized institution in the education industry.
During my first few months of work, I myself made my fair share of mistakes. There even came a time when “failure” should have been my middle name.
But now I am a wiser millennial taking the road less traveled. I learned to do what I love and what I’m naturally good at. But most importantly, I learned to spend more time enjoying the hustle, and less time thinking and talking about the goal.
However, easier said than done. My failure syndrome goes like this: Insomnia, my mind is constantly wondering about where things went wrong. Unhealthy lifestyle, losing appetite, and working ridiculous hours until I can figure things out.
As many can relate, it is harder to experience than reflect. By no means, do I have it all together. But here are the top three lessons I’ve learned from my failures.
Enjoy Your Hustle
Keep doing what you love and enjoy the journey. Don’t let your failures turn into fears and hold you back from achieving your goals and successes. The amounts of times that I failed at interviews, made me a stronger interviewer and even better at networking. There are moments you lose the passion, the drive, and we blame it on boredom. After talking to a few of mentors, and analyzing my idols career path, no one ever has it all together.
Frankly, you should not aim to have it all together, or get too comfortable and be complacent. We live in a world of constant change. If Beyonce settled for too comfortable, her brand would be outdated. In her recent documentary and Grammy performance, she uses technology to advance her art. She hustled, did the research, made changes, and most importantly she enjoyed the hustle for hours, for the ultimate goal which is the album, and the four to five minutes performance. Enjoy the hustle and spend less time thinking about the ultimate goal. Your experiences, the hours, and growth that others can see are what make your brand attractive.
Know Yourself & Your Style
Know that you are different and your way of learning is different than others. There came a time when I had to wake up earlier to think through my day and sharpen my skills. And that is okay. How many shots did Michael Jordan miss before he became Michael Jordan? If you love what you do, failures become less of a negative and more of a positive. They tell you what you need to improve on and skills or weaknesses need to be stronger. Train your mind to admit when you fail, dust off your shoulders, and try again. Know yourself and your style and do things your way.
Failing during college taught me how to persevere. Failing in the real world taught me the road to success is not straight. There is no one road to success. Failing taught me to take the road less traveled. Overall, failure taught to know my goal, spend more time focusing on what I love, and enjoy the hustle process.