Growth September 27, 2010 26 Reads share

Why Failure Is An Entrepreneur’s Best Friend

In life failure is inevitable. Sure it hurts, it’s made fun of, it’s pushed to the side to find the “success stories”, and its generally not welcome.

But it’s unavoidable. Especially for the entrepreneur.

It’s no secret that half of firms started are extinct by year 5. And though the numbers do vary by industry, the truth of the matter is, many entrepreneurs do not realize their dream.

But failure, when leveraged correctly, is actually a good thing.

What exactly is an Entrepreneur?

Before I say why… let me explain.

The word “entrepreneur” is derived from an old French word “entreprendre” which means “undertake.” So an entrepreneur is someone who undertakes some venture, enterprise, or idea and assumes responsibility for the outcome. So in reality, a true entrepreneur is NOT solely in the business field.

An entrepreneur can be…

  • An author wanting to change the world
  • A speaker wanting to make a difference
  • A musician working to be famous
  • An artist striving to be known
  • A leader wanting to take an organization from good to great
  • An athlete yearning for greatness
  • Or a college dropout wanting to become a business mogul

The main criteria is this: taking the path of most resistance and assuming responsibility for the outcome.

A List of “Failures”

But no matter how great the entrepreneur…they’ve had failures. In fact, what makes them “great” is that they’ve failed MORE times than everyone else!

So here’s a list of some of the great “failures” the world has ever seen:

And so on.

I do question the role education has in creating entrepreneurs… but I can never question the role the “school of hard knocks” has.

What do you think?

Michael Holmes

Michael Holmes

Michael Holmes is an author, blogger, speaker, and internet entrepreneur. When he's not eating Chipotle chicken burritos or screaming at fighting matches he can be found teaching Biblical Strategies for Startups on his blog

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