#030: You Must "Fail"


“Fail fast” and “Fail forward” are some of the common sayings you’ll hear in the start-up world.  But what do those even mean?  And are they actually good advice?

The main point is that people with an overpowering fear of failure are going to have a hard time taking a chance at something worthwhile.

You need to reframe the way you look at failure, and understand that it’s just a part of life.

Your failures are just a series of learning opportunities that will make you better equipped to deal with each subsequent endeavor.

In a commencement speech, Jim Carey once spoke about lessons learned from his father.  Below is a portion of that speech:

“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.  What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it…

…My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him.  So, he made a conservative choice. Instead he got a safe job as an accountant.  And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive.

I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” – Jim Carey

Selected Resources and Links from the Episode:

·      Episode #16 – “What is Success” - Treps Journey Podcast

·      “When To Quit” – The Tim Ferris Show

·      Gary Vaynerchuk

·      Do The Work by Steven Pressfield

·      Video Of What His Father Taught Him About Failure - Jim Carrey commencement speech.

·      The Inspirational Power Of Action – Treps Journey Blog

Show Notes:

·      Ben gives us the Treps Hack of the week.  [7:50]

·      The guys get into the main topic of the week – Failure [12:10]

·      Where most startups get stuck in the launch phase of a new business.  [19:53]

·      How do you face obstacles and opportunities?  [25:40]

·      What playing Lacrosse taught JP about success early on in life.  [30:40]

·      Ben talks about the importance of preparation.  [32:20]

·      The additional benefit to starting a business.  [37:05]

·      Why you need to reframe the way you look at failure.  [42:35]

·      The most important lesson Jim Carey learned from his father.  [47:00]