Success doesn’t come overnight. In it’s simplest form, success is the result of a series of failures. I don’t know of anyone who’s struck it rich the first time around, but I do know many who have lost it all just to make it over and over again. It’s about fixing our mistakes quickly rather than getting it right the first time around and when it comes to failing, well that’s a whole other process.
When it comes to failure, our egos are our own worst enemies. As soon as things start going wrong, our defense mechanisms often kick in, tempting us to do what we can to save face. These very normal reactions — denial, chasing your losses, playing the blame game, shit talking — wreak havoc on our ability to adapt.
Long story short you have to be resilient and keep your eyes focused on the prize. The snide remarks, playing the blame game, and trying to get people to cosign your movement is a game for rookies. Failure is a grown mans game and you should always play your best hand. In short, act your wage and work for a cause not applause because respect is given when people recognize your work.
Here’s a few infographics that show the process behind some of today’s biggest brands: