Failure is something we’re all going to do, and if you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough. But the reality of it is we also need to look at the failures and successes of others so that we pivot less, so that we stumble less. It’s about learning faster. It’s about learning more by looking at the examples before us.
That might mean a real competitive analysis of some of the other companies in your space or individuals that you admire. They’re all going to tell you failure is inevitable, and it is. But how many times and to what degree, you have some control over that.
You’re going to learn from your failures. So, it’s best to learn from those that came before you, as well, as you’re stumbling and tweaking things because there’s always going to be tweaks that need to be made. So just learn from those mistakes, learn from other people’s failures as you’re failing on your own and make those tweaks along the way.
That means actively seeking mentors, an advisory board. It doesn’t have to be anyone in your space, just look for some experience that you can confide in, that has been where you’re at or where you’re going, to help you move along and move past some of these obstacles without having a full crash and burn.