Accelerate - The F-Word edition

Affirmations of Failure

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Johnny Cash and Anna Guenther both agree - failure hurts but it's not the end of the world. Get over your fear of failing with some failure-busting words of advice from those who've been there, and done that. 

Anna Guenther, PledgeMe founder/CEO

"I guess for me the thing is it's not really 'failure', it’s more 'learning experiences'. The whole thing about being in business is about being resilient and going 'Oh, that didn’t work' and trying to figure out how to come back from that."

Vivek Wadwha - You learn an amazing amount along the way

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Vivek Wadwha describes how you can't expect to know it all immediately: You learn a lot as you go along, and because of this your chances of success will increase.

David Downs, NZTE General Manager

"A few key lessons:
1.If you are going to fail, fail as fast as you can;
2. Make sure everyone knows what failure feels like, that they have scars on their backs;
3.That’s not to say you wish everyone to fail, but you certainly want to have people with you who know the early signs and can help make the decision for lesson 1.

....The sun will come up tomorrow. No matter how bad the feeling of failure is, eventually it will be resolved, eventually you will move on."

Keith Teare - How success is measured

TechCrunch Co-founder Keith Teare describes how you can measure success by looking at a person's resilience: their ability to keep trying despite failure.

Matt Cooney, Trust Codes CTO

"Even for serially successful people, mistakes and missteps—sometimes fatal, sometimes fortuitous—are facts of life. It’s often only in retrospect that we know what we got right and what we got wrong."

David Hornik - Getting past the pain of failure

Venture Capitalist David Hornik on how the post-failure pain never lasts.

Sam Shosanya, Paper Plus CEO

"No-one ended up dead. As long as you learn from it, and you’re not in the business of repeating those errors, it ends up okay in the end."

Treating failure as a learning experience

Ben MacLaren, CEO of C-Prize winners Vortech UAV Ltd, talks to Callaghan Innovation about how responding well to failure - and turning it into a learning experience - has been an important part of his company's journey to success.

Johnny Cash - Music legend

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

But wait there's more...

For more war stories and advice, see 'The F-Word. Failure is an option'.

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Updated: 25 March 2022