Are you so scared of failing that you are missing out on success? Many students are conditioned to believe that doing something incorrectly or getting turned down is a sign of an inherent flaw, so they avoid doing anything that might not work out the first time. In our interview today, Joe Golonka encourages us to rethink failure as a path to true success!
Using his experience doing door-to-door sales during a year off from college, Joe learned some valuable lessons about the way he saw failure, which in turn taught him a lot about himself. He has used that new way of understanding failure to be very successful upon returning to college.
Topics we discuss in the interview include:
- Redefining success, in contrast to widely held beliefs about it
- How a misunderstanding of the relationship between failure and success can actually be destructive
- The benefits of failing critical thinking, including the desire to shorten the amount of time between failures in order to improve
- The importance of a support system during times of failure
Powerful quotes related to this idea:
“Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.” – Will Smith
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
Links to resources mentioned in and relevant to this topic:
- Go for No! book
- “Don’t Fear Rejection” blog post
- Mindset book
- Joe’s blog post, which includes the five failure levels and the failure-success model
- Joe’s previous College Life Skill interview about Individuality
- The War of Art book
Let us know what you think! How have you seen these ideas play out in your life? What have you been taught about failure that might be keeping you from success? What areas of your life are important enough to fail at in order to get true success? Reach out using the Contact link.
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