The sort of people I want to fail with

The sort of people I want to fail with

Have you ever thought about the type of people you want on your winning team? I bet you have. This topic tends to get talked about a lot. Maybe you've thought about it in terms of who you would want to fight along side? I got thinking about this topic again when I was emailing a good friend. We were having a heart-to-heart moment and sharing how life isn't always easy and clear cut. I was talking with him about how I'm not sure I'm doing a very good job of somethings at the moment. As I did, I got thinking about the sort of people I would like to fail with.

There is a saying that goes something like "failure is not the falling down, it's the not getting back up again". I like that idea because I fall all the time. Things I plan to be wonderful end up flopping. My great plans all come undone and I'm left picking up the pieces trying to move on.

In the moments when I fail, I don't need someone standing their pointing out that I failed and kicking me in the gutts while I'm down. I want people around me who were willing to take a risk and fall with me, and I am to fall with them. I want people who will lift their heads and rise again. People who will say "Hmmm that didn't work, lets try it a different way" rather than "It didn't work, I knew it wouldn't, I'm not working with you again".  I don't want people who will jump ship when we start going down. I want people that will stay, help the women and children, and then try salvage the ship and solve the problem and start again.

The type of people I want to fail with will stand and support in the darkest, coldest moments. They have a can do attitude and are keen to give things a go. They are experts at failing because they can fall and get up again without many permanent dents, maybe just a few scratches and a couple of lessons learnt. They are there for the long haul and are willing to fall a few times and not cast blame.

I once heard or read that every millionaire lost a million before they ever made a million. I love that idea. To lose a million dollars would be crazy scary but so exciting at the same time. It would be the most expensive and worthwhile education.

I also heard that many Venture Capital investors won't invest in anyone who hasn't failed before because they want to know that when times get tough, the person responsible for their money won't cut and run. They like see that they have fallen, got up, dusted themselves off and tried again.

So I'm recruiting. If you think you've got what it takes to fail with me and keep going until we succeed and change this world, let me know. I'm always keen to add, or join with people who can fail well.

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