The Importance Of Failure

A life without failure would be great, wouldn’t it? Like the story of King Midas, everything we touch turns to gold, and each life turns out precisely how we desire. The first girl/guy we asked to prom goes with us, the first interview we sit in lands us the job, and the first business we start makes us millions. Nothing goes wrong, nothing ever blows up in our face, everything is how it should be.

How dreadfully boring.

Fortunately, and sometimes unfortunately, failure exists and it’s part of our everyday lives. Now, this is the important part on your behalf. How will you choose to view the failures that you are faced with today and in the future?

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.”

Thomas Edison and his team made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at the lightbulb before figuring out the right combination.

Steven Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater…three times.

J. K. Rowling was completely penniless when writing the Harry Potter series.

How did these people choose to move forward?

Look at your gifts. Learn from and embrace your failures. Build something great and improve this world.

(yes that’s a Batman reference because I might be a little bit of a nerd, you’re welcome)


Collin Billau
Marketing Consultant
Washburn KSBDC
(785) 234 – 3235