Failure and learning

by Brian

Most people are afraid to fail says Ryan Allis.  They worry constantly about not meeting expectations, making a mistake, or trying something new. Because of this, many never get started on the path toward reaching their goals and thus assure themselves of the very thing they are afraid of  failure.

In order to become a successful entrepreneur you will likely have to “pay your dues.”  You’ll likely have to fail a few times, learn from your lessons, and only then be able to come through a winner. While you don’t have to take wild chances, you do have to take calculated and educated risks.

In the world of academics, mistakes are perceived as bad and to be avoided. For the first twenty-two years of your life, you are taught that mistakes are bad and embarrassing when in fact mistakes are simply opportunities to learn something new. The more mistakes a person makes, the more they will have learned and the greater chance they will have of succeeding on their next try. The key, however, is to learn from your mistakes and never make the same mistake twice.

Ryan Allis, is the author of Zero to One Million: How to Build a Company to $1 Million in Sales. He is also CEO of Broadwick Corporation and CEO of Virante, Inc. a Chapel Hill, North Carolina based web marketing consulting firm. Ryan is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is an economics major and Blanchard Scholar.
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