Who doesn’t love the film Rocky or hearing about how J.K. Rowling lived near destitute while her Harry Potter manuscript got rejected by scores of publishers right before hitting it richer than the Queen of England?
A lot of our view of failure in popular American culture is romanticized. The fact is, while you are failing, it feels really awful and does not become the enlightened lesson that you share until you have ten years perspective between you and the excruciating experience.
Author and speaker Barry Moltz addresses this topic in his most recent book called Bounce: Failure, Resiliency, and Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success.
I interviewed him for a podcast where he shares a lot of great insight into things like:
- How to view failure not as a deep lesson from above, but as an integral part of starting a business
- How to not stay stuck in emotional wallowing right after blowing it big
- How to make sure you are connected with why you are trying new things that sometimes lead to failure
- How to bounce quickly from failures so that you maintain positive forward momentum and are able to accomplish your goals
In the podcast, I referenced the tremendous new e-book by my friend Jonathan Fields called The Firefly Manifesto. This gives some great insight and tools for those of you who may have just been laid off, or who are working in unstable industries (which would be just about everyone these days!).
Take a listen to this 30-minute interview here and let me know your thoughts on failure!