When is the last time you failed at something?  Do you actually remember?  You might be surprised to find out that people who fail more actually end up achieving more.  I'm going to give you three stories of failures that prove my results.

1. Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban is a one of the well known billionaire investors on the Shark Tank reality TV show. Sure, he is wildly successful and has earned more and more money on his investments.  That can't be luck.  In Mark's book called "How to Win at the Sport of Business" he gives a very vivid explanation of his early life and career.  

Also, in the book you find out about Cuban's dreaded failures, the choices he made that he caused them, and what he learned from them.  Did you know Mark owned a bar in Indianapolis as a college kid?  I bet you didn't.  Guess what, it got shut down.  He failed and had to get a job and live with several roommates to share rent cost.

It doesn’t matter how many times you failed, you only have to be right once.
— Mark Cuban

2. Thomas Edison

Yes, you probably already know what I am going to tell you.  Thomas Edison failed thousands of times to produce a light-bulb, but he knew with every failure he was closer to success.  In addition, Edison was told he was "Too stupid to learn" by his teachers and was fired by his first two employers for being a bad employee.

I didn’t fail 10,000 times, I’ve just discovered 10,000 ways that won’t work.
— Thomas Edison

3. Abe Lincoln

Did you know Abe Lincoln had a failed business in 1831?  In 1832 he was denied entry to law school.  In 1833, he went bankrupt in his second attempt at starting a business with money that he borrowed from a friend (Money that took him 17 years to pay back).  

  • 1838    defeated for state legislature
  • 1840    defeated for position of elector
  • 1843    defeated for position in congress
  • 1848    defeated for position in congress (again)
  • 1854    defeated for position in senate
  • 1856     ran for vice president (got less than 100 votes)
  • 1858     defeated for position in senate (again)
  • 1860     became our most beloved president in history
Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
— Abe Lincoln

This is only three great people, but if you go look at anyone you would consider wildly successful, you will find much of the same things.  So, my statement still stands.  If you want more out of life, you have to live it as if you think you'll never fail. 

Martin J Glennon